Peterborough

Fortin indicted on five sexual assault charges

PETERBOROUGH — A Peterborough man will stand trial in Superior Court after being indicted this month on one charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class B felony, and four charges of sexual assault and three charges of simple assault, all Class A misdemeanors.

According to indictments handed down on April 17, John Fortin, 53, engaged in sexual contact with a girl who was under the age of 13 prior to the end of December 2011, which led to the aggravated felonious sexual assault charge. He is also charged with having sexual contact with the same girl on four occasions in the first four months of 2012, after the girl had turned 14, and with physically assaulting her by kissing her neck, biting her ear and grabbing her face early in 2012.

Fortin was initially arrested on Aug. 9, 2013, following a police investigation that was prompted after the girl told her mother and her aunt that she had been touched inappropriately by Fortin. He was released at the time on $100,000 personal recognizance.

In October 2013, the initial charges against Fortin were dropped. The new charges, which are based on the same alleged incidents, resulted from a grand jury indictment, according to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard.

“It’s a procedural matter,” Guinard said on Monday. “He will now be standing trial in Superior Court.”

Guinard said Fortin was arrested following the new indictments and has been released on bail. The next step in the case will be an arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court, which Guinard said has not yet been scheduled.

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