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June 17. 2013 5:45PM

Former Londonderry coach indicted in sex assault of two girls


TIMOTHY LONGUA (COURTESY)

BRENTWOOD – A former youth football coach has been indicted for sexually assaulting two of his daughter's classmates during sleepovers at his Londonderry home, according to prosecutors.
Timothy Longua, 41, of Lane Way, is facing seven charges related to the alleged sexual assaults, which happened between last May and December.

The two girls were about 11 and 12 years old at the time, prosecutors said.
 
Longua's lawyer suggested Monday that the charges against his client will not stand up when the matter goes to trial.
"Tim and his family absolutely assert his innocence," Defense lawyer Chuck Keefe said Monday. "We've received some of the police reports and interviews done so far, and we're very much looking forward to demonstrating these are false accusations."

A Rockingham County grand jury indicted Longua earlier this month on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, four counts of felonious sexual assault and one count of attempted felonious sexual assault.

He could face up to 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison if convicted on the most serious charges.

Longua was serving as an assistant football coach for the Londonderry Wildcats during the 2012 season.

Londonderry police said they first learned of the alleged abuse  Feb. 5 when they were contacted by the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. One of the girls also gave a statement to workers at the Child Advocacy Center on Feb. 12, police said.

One of the girls described Longua as "really drunk" when he allegedly touched her during a sleepover last summer, police said. She was 11 years old at the time.

The girls told police that they would see Longua drink multiple Bud Light beers from a downstairs refrigerator when they were over the house.

Londonderry Police interviewed Longua Feb. 20.
During a police interview, Longua denied any wrongdoing. Longua told police that he did drink beer, but not hard liquor or drugs. He told police that "he doesn't want to admit to something he doesn't remember," according to a police affidavit.

One girl claimed that Longua went into the bedroom where she was sleeping, and touched her breasts and buttocks. She also told police of an instance in which Longua allegedly put his hands underneath her shirt and tried to put his hands down her pants.

A second victim claimed that Longua had rubbed her thighs and lower buttocks while she was wearing shorts.

The girl reported the touching to Longua's wife, Maura, who allegedly told her she would tell her husband to stop, court records say.

Keefe said Monday that his client is "a great father who has received tremendous support from friends and family" in the Londonderry area in the wake of the accusations.

Longua, who is free on bail, is scheduled to appear for arraignment later this month in Rockingham County Superior Court.
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