Hampstead man faces possible indictment in sex assault case
BRENTWOOD — A case against a 71-year-old Hampstead man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl has been handed over to county prosecutors.
Walter Carroll, of 86 Main St., waived his right to a probable cause hearing in 10th Circuit Court, Plaistow Division, following his June 12 arrest by Hampstead police.
Carroll, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl beginning, when she was about age 9, between Sept. 1, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2014, police said.
He remains held on $50,000 cash bail at the jail. His case was bound over to county prosecutors, who can present his case to a grand jury for indictment. Carroll waived his right to the probable cause hearing on June 25.
He faces 14 charges total. They include nine counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault, one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
Hampstead police said that Carroll had been under investigation for several weeks prior to his arrest and knew the girl prior to the assaults.
Court complaints say that Carroll allegedly made the girl watch a pornographic movie at least twice during the assaults. He is also accused of locking her bedroom door on one occasion and pinning her down against her will to assault her, a court complaint says.
If a jury convicts him, Carroll could face decades in state prison. The aggravated felonious sexual assault charges are Class A felonies, each punishable by up to 10 to 30 years in state prison. The felonious sexual charges are punishable by 3½ to 7 years in prison.