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Monday, March 26, 2012

Mont Vernon: 20-year-old charged for encounter with girl, 15

MONT VERNON – Police say many people familiar with the 20-year-old man they arrested Sunday on felonious sexual assault and warrants-related charges knew him as a 17-year-old boy with whom a 15-year-old local girl was having a relationship.

Eric Sanborn, 20, formerly of Orange, N.H., has been held on $5,000 cash bail since his arrest, which police say took place in New Boston on Sunday, a day after officers took a report of a possible sexual assault at an unidentified Mont Vernon residence. Told a 15-year-old girl had been assaulted by a 17-year-old boy, police began an investigation that eventually led to Sanborn.

According to police, an 11-year-old, whom police identified as a sibling of the alleged victim, apparently interrupted Sanborn and the alleged victim while they were engaged in sexual activity. Police also learned during the investigation that Sanborn is 20, and not 17, “as police had been told by numerous people familiar with the 15-year-old girl’s relationship with him,” police said.

Upon his arrest, which New Boston officers assisted in, police said Sanborn gave his age as 17 and that his last name is Forrest. Police soon determined the statements to be false, they said.

In addition to the sexual assault charge, Sanborn is also being held on $1,000 cash bail in connection with a warrant out of Lebanon for failure to appear, as well as a another warrant for a probation issue, police said, adding that Sanborn could face additional charges.

The date of Sanborn’s arraignment wasn’t immediately known.

Anyone with more information on the case can contact Mont Vernon Sgt. Aaron R. Daigneault at 673-5610.

--DEAN SHALHOUP