Mar 10, 2016 5:15 PM

Age of babysitter at issue in trial of Nashua man who had 'affair' with her

NASHUA - A case involving an older man who had a sexual relationship with a teenage babysitter centers on whether she was 16 before they started to have sex.

Robert Censullo, 44, of 38 Chandler St. in Nashua, has been charged with three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Prosecutors say he and the girl had sex on multiple occasions between July 2007 and July of 2009, according to The Telegraph of Nashua.

Censullo "exploited (the victim's) youth, her family experiences at the time, for no other reason than his own sexual gratification," David Tencza told the jury on Wednesday.

The victim told Tencza she was alone with Censullo "quite often" before she turned 16 and that they had sex "most every time I went there, unless someone else was home." The two had sex "three or four times a week" before she turned 16, she said.

But Censullo said the "affair" didn't begin until the girl was 16 and of legal age to give her consent.

Public defenders say the victim has "told four different stories" about the alleged relationship, noting that she initially denied in a police interview that she'd had sex before she was 16.

Under cross-examination, the victim said she told police that she was 14 when she allegedly began having sex with Censullo but doesn't recall the dates. She also said her "mind was like a blank from age 14-16."

Testimony is scheduled to continue this week.

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