Warrant issued for man indicted in rape of girl in Milton

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DOVER, N.H. - An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Rochester man who was recently indicted in the aggravated felonious sexual assault of a young girl some 14 years ago in Milton.

John Turcotte, 33, with a last known address of 12 Pine St., Rochester, is also charged in a second felony sexual assault on the same woman.

The aggravated-level assault is alleged to have taken place between January 2000 and December 2001, while a second indictment places the alleged attack between January and December of 2001.

Turcotte faces up 22 years in state prison if convicted on both counts.

The alleged victim in the case, who is now in her late 20s, was living in Milton at the time.

The case was initially brought to the attention of the County Attorney's Office by Milton Police.

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Meghan Hagaman said the victim came forward some time after the alleged assault, but that the statute of limitations for a victim under the age of 18 is substantial, allowing the case to move forward.

Court documents allege Turcotte "overcame (the victim) through the application of physical force, to wit, he threw (her) on the ground in the woods" and engaged in intercourse with her.

Turcotte's arraignment was scheduled for Thursday but after he failed to show, Superior
Court Judge Steven M. Houran ordered the arrest warrant to be drawn up and executed.

Hagaman indicated that notices sent to Turcotte to be in court were not returned.

If Turcotte is picked up he will be held without bail at least until his first court appearance.

At the time of the attack the victim in the case was between the ages of 12 and 16.

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