KEENE – A former Marlow police chief was convicted of four counts out of five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault the conclusion of his trial in Cheshire County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon.
Robert Chambers, 65, of Swanzey, stood trial this week in Cheshire Superior Court on charges accusing him of assaulting a girl between 1994 and 2000, starting when the victim was 9 years old.
Chambers denied the charges during the trial and defense attorney Meredith Lugo said they were fabricated during closing arguments Thursday morning.
Assistant Cheshire County Attorney Keith Clouatre said in closing arguments, “She has zero motives to make this up.”
The victim struggled for years before coming forward, only doing so at the age of 31, Clouatre said, and that her testimony alone is enough to convict Chambers.
He said Chambers groomed the victim from the age of seven, and though she wasn’t old enough to give consent made the victim feel that she was complicit in the sex acts which started with touching and escalated to intercourse over the years of abuse.
Clouatre argued her silence over the years is an indication she is telling the truth.
“He tells her, ‘I’m a policeman. No one is going to believe you,’” Clouatre said. “Do you create a story in which you are in essence a willing participant? That’s not a story you’d make up.”
Closing arguments concluded Thursday morning trial. Clouatre said the jury returned to the court room Thursday afternoon with their verdict that Chambers guilty on four out of five charges.
“It was a hung jury on the fifth charge,” Clouatre said. “He was convicted of four aggravated felonious sexual assault pattern.”