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June 16. 2014 8:50PM

Dover man sentenced for sexually assaulting Portsmouth woman after night of bar hopping


Aaron Bonds, 45, was sentenced Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court on a single count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD — A Dover man was sentenced 10 to 20 years in state prison on Monday for sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman after he drugged her during a night out drinking in Portsmouth.

The sentencing capped the remaining charges against Aaron Bonds, 45, who a jury convicted in March for drugging three women in July 2012 as they went bar hopping around downtown Portsmouth.

A mistrial was declared on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Bonds pleaded guilty last week to one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault instead of facing a re-trial on the two sexual assault charges.

He raped the woman on the stoop of an apartment in Portsmouth in the early morning hours of July 11, 2012, as she was getting sick from cocaine he laced with another drug, prosecutors said.

Assistant County Attorney Brad Bolton read a statement in court on Monday from the woman, who became pregnant as a result of the sexual assault.

“Even though I was reassured that I wasn’t to blame, I couldn’t shed the feeling that I deserved what you did to me,” the woman said in the statement.

The pregnancy was not revealed until Bonds’ sentencing on Monday. The woman said in the statement that she decided to terminate the pregnancy.

Bonds is already serving a 10- to 20-year state prison term for his convictions related to drugging the three women.

Judge N. William Delker, who presided over the trial, told Bonds that his sentence on the drug case also took into consideration the sexual assault.

“That was not a simple drug crime, but much, much worse than that,” Delker said.

Delker said he felt the sentence agreed upon by the prosecution and defense was appropriate.

The two prison terms will run concurrently. Delker ordered that Bonds, who has a prior sexual assault conviction from 2003, have no contact with the victim or her immediate family.

“If you ever do this again, you will never see the light of day again,” Delker said.

jkimble@newstote.com


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