20-year-old man, convicted of sexual battery at 17, is accused of first-degree rape RON GALLAGHER newsobserver.com SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
LONDONDERRY – A Londonderry teen is facing a felony rape charge after police say he provided an underage girl prescription drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting her in early July.
Ethan M. Cullen, 18, of 9 Pheasant Run, is charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault forcible rape, two counts of selling a controlled drug and prohibited sale of alcoholic beverages. He was arraigned in Derry District Court and released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. A probable cause hearing is set for Oct. 10.
The sexual assault count, as well as the two drug charges, are all felonies, according to Rockingham County Attorney Patricia G. Conway. The prohibited sale of alcoholic beverages is a misdemeanor for providing alcohol to an individual under the age of 21.
Officers with the Londonderry Police Department were alerted July 2 to a sexual assault incident after the victim was transported to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester for a possible drug overdose.
When police spoke with the victim, she said she met a male named Ethan on Snapchat and decided to hang out with him on July 1. Court documents indicate she never met Cullen in person and later arrived at his Londonderry residence in the early morning hours of July 2.
“While at Ethan’s house, (the victim) said that he had given her prescription drugs and alcohol. (The victim) informed me that she didn’t remember much about the rest of the night,” said Londonderry police Detective Randy Duguay in an affidavit.
Court documents describe the prescription drugs as Xanax and Adderall.
Duguay’s report states the victim remembers waking up in Cullen’s house and later “waking up in her vehicle with a police officer next to her car” in Goffstown without any recollection of how she got there.
The state forensics laboratory, in a court document, verified the victim’s statement that she ingested Xanax and engaged in nonconsensual sexual activity.
Cullen told police he met the victim through Snapchat and they were at a party together.
He claims to have provided alcohol, but the victim and her friend brought marijuana to the house.
A Great Falls man has been charged with the August rape of a woman who was reportedly drugged on pain killers.
Braden Leif Augustine, 18, was charged with sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of sexual assault. If convicted, Augustine could face a life sentence in state prison.
According to court documents, Augustine raped his friend's sister while she was on the couch, dazed on hydrocodone pills after leg surgery.
The victim told law enforcement officials in the early morning of Aug. 9, she was sleeping on the couch when Augustine, a friend of her brother, came upstairs from the basement and talked to the victim for about an hour, at one point commenting on her pill bottle and saying she "must be feeling pretty good."
Charging documents state Augustine then turned toward the victim then pulled his own pants down and raped her. The victim told police she repeatedly said "no" while he told her "shh," and later put his hand over her mouth as she tried to talk louder.
The incident reportedly happened in the middle of the night. The victim's mother had set her own alarms to wake up the victim and remind her to take her pain medication from the surgery, which took place the day before. When the mother found the victim, the victim then told her parents, who immediately kicked Augustine out of the house, according to court documents. They kept the victim's clothing for evidence to be turned over to police.
Augustine reportedly sent messages through Snapchat to the victim's sister and acknowledged the rape, but the messages did not save. In the messages, Augustine allegedly admitted that he was a "horrible person," "a piece of crap," and that he "knows what is coming to him."
A Cascade County district judge signed an arrest warrant for Augustine on Sept. 27. He was arrested on Oct. 2 and is being held on $100,000 bond.
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