Police: Allenstown sex offender groped woman
An Allenstown sex offender is being held on $105,000 cash bail after the police said he groped a woman last month and then pressured her to drop the charges after she went to the police.
The woman who has accused Walter Collier of assault told the police that she initially went along with his sexual advances and let him look down her shirt because she knew he was stronger than her and feared what he might do if she resisted. According to an arrest affidavit, the woman told the police that when she did tell Collier to stop, he went from “friendly Walter” to a “full on sex addict” and began grabbing her chest and forcibly kissing her.
Collier, 34, was arrested Tuesday and arraigned the following day in Hooksett’s district court. At the time of the July 18 incident, Collier was free on bail on charges of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and kidnapping filed by the Pelham Police Department.
Collier is a registered sex offender due to a 1999 conviction for felonious sexual assault and criminal restraint. On the state’s registry, it’s unclear whether the crimes were against the same victim, but the victim of the sexual assault was under 13 years old at the time and Collier was 19.
The police said Collier knows the woman he’s accused of assaulting in this new case and was with her July 18 at the home of one of her relatives in Allenstown. The woman, whose Facebook page says she graduated from high school in 2010, told the police that Collier was flirting with her and sat down on her lap, but that she didn’t think anything of it until Collier rubbed his hand on her thigh and up her shorts.
She pushed him away and he got up, according to the affidavit. The police said the woman’s relative then left the home, and Collier continued flirting with her by asking how firm her butt was and eventually reaching out and grabbing it.
The woman told the police that she let him look down her shirt so he would stop bothering her, but he then came up behind her on the couch and began rubbing her neck.
She “stated that she totally did not know what to do and was scared to go to the police because she felt that she messed up big time by not leaving,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. “She stated again that she was scared and froze up.”
The woman told the police that after she got up and went into another room, Collier’s entire demeanor changed and he explained to her that he is a sex addict. Collier then tried to unhook the woman’s bra, grabbed her by the shoulders, pulled her toward him and held her by the back of the head while kissing her so she could not pull away, the police said.
According to the affidavit, Collier then began to apologize and left the home.
The woman reported the incident to the Allenstown Police Department on July 26. On Aug. 8, an officer called Collier and said she needed to speak with him about the allegations.
According to the police, Collier said he would come to the station with his lawyer but instead repeatedly harassed the woman and her relatives over the coming days, attempting to get her to drop the charges.
The woman went to the station and told an officer that she only wanted a stalking petition against Collier, the police said. When the officer asked why, the woman said Collier had coaxed her into doing so by saying that he was going to lose his business and his children, according to the affidavit.
She “stated that she did not really want to drop the charges but did it for her family’s safety,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. “She wanted Walter to stop harassing her and her family. She stated that she does not feel like she is in immediate danger as long as she is with someone but does not know what Walter will do.”
Collier has been charged with nine counts of simple assault, two counts of sexual assault and three counts of witness tampering.
A probable cause hearing in his case is scheduled for Monday.