Two years’ jail time in incest case

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 20, 2016 6:53PM

A New Ipswich man who pleaded guilty to incest and sexual assault will spend at least two years in state prison, according to court records.

Ronald O. Wilson, 39, appeared Wednesday at the Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport.  According to police, Wilson allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Acworth on Sept. 20, 2015. 

“Wilson entered an Alford plea, which means that he is not pleading guilty, but he does recognize that the state had enough evidence to prove him guilty,” said prosecuting attorney Felix Tarango, in an interview Thursday. “He said he can’t remember what happened.”

Wilson will serve two to five years in state prison for the felony-level incest charge, and will also be required to register as a sex offender. He will also be required to submit to whatever counseling is deemed necessary by the prison, said Tarango. 

Wilson will also serve a concurrent sentence of up to a year for the sexual assault charge, a class A misdemeanor. 

Wilson was arrested on Sept. 24 by the N.H. State Police and New Ipswich police at his home. State Police had been investigating the incident since Sept. 21, when they were notified of the alleged incident.

Wilson said he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the alleged incident. Tarango said Wilson has a history of misdemeanor crimes, including simple assault, but he has not been charged with any sexual-related crimes in the past. 

The victim did not appear at the plea and sentencing hearing Wednesday, but did give Tarango a victim impact statement to read. Tarango said the letter detailed what the incident did to her physically, emotionally and mentally. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.