Concord man admits to recording sexual assault of boy

  • Gary Chalifoux appears in Merrimack County Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, for a plea and sentencing hearing. Chalifoux was convicted of sexually assaulting a boy and of recording the abuse. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Concord man convicted of sexually assaulting a boy and recording the abuse on a cellphone will spend the next 27 years in state prison.

Gary Chalifoux, 45, was sentenced Thursday on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count each of felonious sexual assault and manufacturing of child sexual abuse images. A Merrimack County grand jury indicted Chalifoux in February on 46 felony charges, all but five of which were dismissed Thursday as part of a plea agreement.

“I know I’ve done wrong, your honor. I’m very sorry,” Chalifoux told Merrimack County Superior Court Judge John Kissinger Jr.

Chalifoux was previously convicted in the 1990s on two separate occasions in Hillsborough County of misdemeanor sexual assault charges involving different victims.

Concord police learned about the repeated abuse of the 8-year-old boy after a city landlord discovered the cellphone when cleaning out an apartment after an eviction, Assistant Merrimack County Attorney David Rotman told the court. Rotman said Chalifoux was an acquaintance of the tenants and had squatted in the apartment with two other people even though the tenants were long gone.

Chalifoux was not visible in the recordings; however, his voice was audible, and police were able to identify him as a result, Rotman said. Chalifoux waived his Miranda rights during a police interview, and admitted to videotaping the abuse, he said.

Chalifoux pleaded guilty Thursday to inappropriately touching the boy and demanding that the boy perform oral sex on more than one occasion between January and May 2016.

Police arrested Chalifoux in December, and he has been incarcerated ever since.

By agreement, he was sentenced to 27 to 67 years in state prison. He also received a suspended sentence of 15 to 30 years, all of which is suspended for the next 45 years.

Kissinger said he was in full agreement with the proposed sentencing recommendation. He called Chalifoux’s conduct “very, very troubling,” and said he believes a long-term prison sentence is necessary because of the danger Chalifoux poses to children.

“I can only imagine what that child is living with on a daily basis to have been victimized in this way,” Kissinger said. “This is a terrible case, and my heart goes out to the victim here. ... I hope this child can have some peace and success going forward.”

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)