18-year-old faces rape charge in Penacook

  • Taylor Winter, 18, of Penacook —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 8/15/2019 4:12:01 PM
Modified: 8/15/2019 4:11:51 PM

An 18-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old at an abandoned multi-unit home known as the “trap house” on Community Drive in Penacook.

Police say the apartment where the assault occurred is next door to 24 Summer St., which was host to an underage drinking party on the weekend of Nov. 24.

Taylor Winter, who resides in Penacook, was arrested Monday on a Concord Police Department warrant charging him with one count of felonious sexual assault. Winter is out of jail on personal recognizance but under the supervision of the county’s pretrial services program. He is prohibited from having contact with anyone under the age of 15 and from being at 15 Community Drive, the address of the “trap house.”

A woman called police on Nov. 26 to report that her 14-year-old daughter had attended the party on Summer Street and that another girl – who is friends with her daughter – was sexually assaulted.

Around the time of the initial report, Concord police also received two letters from the state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families about an underage drinking party at 24 Summer St. One of the letters stated that an adult woman was present while juveniles were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, according to a police affidavit.

Concord police said Monday they continue to investigate those reports and additional charges are likely.

As part of the sexual assault investigation, the 13-year-old girl was interviewed at the Merrimack County Advocacy Center in Concord in early December. She said she and her friend had walked to 24 Summer St. on the night of Saturday, Nov. 24 for a party where people they knew were drinking and smoking. They spent time with several teenagers at the house and then decided to go to a vacant apartment next door with two boys, including Winter, according to court documents.

The 13-year-old girl said that once inside the Community Drive residence Winter pushed her up against a wall next to the stove and started touching her inappropriately, the affidavit says. She said he touched her without her consent and then led her downstairs to the basement and took off her clothes. She reported feeling scared and not knowing how to respond.

The girl later told her friend it was a “mistake” and that she “didn’t want to,” the affidavit says.

In the early-morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 25, the 13-year-old girl texted a friend who lives in her apartment building and asked for a ride home.

The girl’s mother told police her daughter arrived home at about 3 a.m. and did not look well. Hours later, she received a text containing information about the party, prompting her to have a conversation with her daughter, who then disclosed the assault to her mother, the affidavit says.

When detectives interviewed Winter days later, he described what had occurred as “consensual statutory rape,” according to the affidavit. He said the girl told him she was 15 and that he “just let it happen.”

The legal age of consent in New Hampshire is 16.

The case against Winter is moving forward in Merrimack County Superior Court, where a dispositional conference is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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