Dartmouth College student indicted on rape charges
A Dartmouth College student has been indicted on seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for allegedly raping a female student inside her dorm room.
A Grafton Superior Court grand jury indicted Parker Gilbert, 20, of London this month. Gilbert allegedly entered
the female’s unlocked room May 2.
Gilbert is being represented by George Ostler of Norwich and Cathy Green of Manchester. Green’s office released a statement that said Gilbert plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
“He has great faith in our justice system and looks forward to being completely exonerated,” Green’s office said in a statement.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but a tool for prosecutors to continue with criminal cases. The different counts addressed in the indictments say the victim was “physically helpless to resist” because she was sleeping, did not have adequate time to flee or resist and “indicated by speech or conduct” that she did not consent.
One count of aggravated sexual assault carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Gilbert has been listed as a member of Dartmouth’s club rugby team and is a member of the Class of 2016. Gilbert is not enrolled for the summer session, college spokesperson Justin Anderson said, but e said he could not
comment on whether Gilbert will be enrolled in classes in the fall.
Gilbert posted $75,000 bail in May, and at the time Hanover police Capt. Frank Moran said Gilbert was no longer on campus. Moran could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Gilbert was ordered to surrender his British passport before being released on bail, according to court documents. Gilbert is restricted from traveling outside of New
Hampshire, except for medical and counseling appointments in Vermont and Massachusetts. He is living in New London, according to court documents.
The 19-year-old female student filed complaints with authorities.
Gilbert is scheduled to be arraigned in Grafton Superior Court on Monday.