BRENTWOOD — A Kingston man was sentenced 5 to 20 years in state prison on Wednesday for sexually assaulting a young boy at his home in October 2009.
David R. Ramsey, 68, formerly of 19 Depot Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Rockingham County Superior Court for touching the 12-year-old boy during a sleepover at the home.
Judge Kenneth McHugh sentenced Ramsey to state prison and rejected an argument by his public defender for a suspended prison term and a battery of treatment and medication.
Assistant County Attorney Jerome Blanchard said on Wednesday that the victim was sleeping over Ramsey’s house sometime in October 2009 when he was groped twice.
The boy was sitting on Ramsey’s lap watching television when the two assaults occurred, Blanchard said. Ramsey began rubbing the boy’s back before touching the boy’s genitals over his clothes.The boy moved Ramsey’s hand away from his pants, but Ramsey touched him again. The boy pushed Ramsey’s hand away a second time, and then broke away from him.
Ramsey responded by saying, “This stays between you and me,” according to Blanchard.
The boy’s family was made aware of the incident the next day, but the matter wasn’t reported right away, according to prosecutors.
Kingston police learned of the case after the youth confided the assault to a counselor. A grand jury indicted Ramsey on the two sex assault charges in September. Ramsey claimed during an interview with police that the boy instigated the touching, and insisted that he moved his hand away “because it was wrong,” Blanchard said.
Blanchard described in court on Wednesday how the boy has struggled with the aftermath of the abuse.
The plea deal allowed Ramsey to avoid a trial, and the prospect of a much longer state prison sentence. Had a jury convicted Ramsey, he could have faced up to 10 to 20 years in state prison for each of the charges.