Saturday, September 24, 2005

Magazine Salesmen And The Gang Rape

CONCORD, N.H. --The first of three magazine salesmen charged in the gang rape of a 19-year-old Concord woman was convicted Wednesday of three counts of rape. He was acquitted of two other charges.

Joseph Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., was acquitted of one count of sexual assault and conspiracy in the Merrimack County Superior Court trial.

Cassidy Coburn, 19, of Monroe, Utah; and Christopher Armstrong, 23, of Jonesboro, Ark., will be tried later. The three men say she consented to sex.

The woman testified she met the men when Coburn and Armstrong knocked on her door on March 28 to sell magazines, helped themselves to beer from her refrigerator, offered her one and they played a kissing game but she did not agree to sex.

The woman said Haniffy, who showed up later, forced her to perform oral sex on him and then the three raped her. They were arrested a few days later in Maryland.

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