Trial set for man accused of having sex with underage girl

NASHUA – The process of selecting the jurors who will be tasked with deciding whether Merrimack resident Thomas Eosue is guilty of felonious sexual assault will, barring a last-minute plea deal, take place Monday.

Eosue, 20, of 54 Fairway Drive, opted to go to trial on the felony charge, which accuses him of engaging in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in August 2017.

Whether the alleged encounter was coerced, or involved force or violence, is irrelevant in this case because the girl was under 16, which is the minimum age at which a person can legally consent to sexual acts in New Hampshire.

Also contributing to the charge is the fact that the age difference between Eosue, who was 19, and the girl was greater than four years.

Depending on court scheduling, the attorneys’ opening arguments and testimony could begin the following day, Sept. 18, or on Sept. 24.

A Superior Court grand jury in February indicted Eosue on the sole count of felonious sexual assault. About a month later, on March 25, Merrimack police who responded to a local residence to check on an abandoned 911 call ended up arresting Eosue after determining he allegedly assaulted a household family member.

He was charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic violence and released on personal recognizance bail. The status of that case is uncertain.

According to Eosue’s court file, Judge Charles Temple several weeks ago granted a motion by Eosue, in which he sought to preclude from evidence his “pre-arrest silence to police” and his request for a lawyer.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.