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Dover man’s sexual assault trial to start today


DOVER — Jurors were selected Monday for the trial of 19-year-old Dover resident Samuel Coffey, who faces 16 charges — including eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault — for allegedly raping, choking and slapping a teenage girl in Somersworth in December 2012.

Coffey’s trial is scheduled to start today at 10 a.m. in Strafford County Superior Court. Judge Steven Houran told jurors that he expected the trial to extend well into next week. Coffey initially was indicted July 18, 2013, on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault, second-degree assault, simple assault, unsworn falsification and prohibited sales for allegedly assaulting, strangling, slapping and providing the girl with alcohol on Dec. 17, 2012, at a remote location in Somersworth. Coffey was 17 at the time and the girl was 16, according to indictments. On Jan. 16, Coffey was indicted on four additional counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two additional counts of felonious sexual assault, related to the same incident.

Coffey was indicted in a separate case Sept. 19, on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He is accused in that case of sexually assaulting a different girl, who was then 13, in Dover in June 2013.

Each count of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Coffey’s current case could result in 10 to 20 years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Felonious sexual assault and second-degree assault are Class B felonies, each with a sentence of up to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Simple assault, unsworn falsification and prohibited sales are Class A misdemeanors, each with a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

mlawrence@newstote.com

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