Apr 22, 2015 4:06 PM
CONCORD - A Marlborough woman told her story Wednesday of sexual abuse by a hunter in an effort to convince lawmakers to close a loophole and revoke the hunting/fishing license of any offender.
A convicted felon can't own a gun but can currently get a license to fish or hunt.
"Our unsupervised time was his opportunity to violate my trust, mind, body and spirit, the victim said. "He was the predator, and I was his prey.”
Innocence taken. 13 years old at the time, she wanted to learn hunting, and trusted a family friend, which ended with horrible consequences.
The hunter violated her not once, but nearly 10 times.
"I did in fact shoot a deer,’’ she said. "I also got sexually assaulted by my mentor. This abuse continued throughout the deer hunting season and into the ice fishing season.’’
She urged a N.H. Senate panel to embrace a new law to revoke for five years the license of any hunter or fisherman convicted of sexual assault.
"We felt in the beginning it would not be a law we would use very often,’’ said Fish and Game Major Kevin Jordan.
"I will tell you, we have two other cases pending currently that I don’t think anyone else knows about that we are investigating, so I think it is something we are going to use.’’
The victim’s mother said the pursuit of this law became part of her daughter’s healing.
"There is no justice to allow convicted pedophiles to own guns, to obtain hunting and fishing licenses when those are the means to win his trust and act out his crimes,’’ she said.
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley predicts the Senate will not only endorse the idea but is likely to seek even stiffer penalties.
"I think that what has been identified here is a loophole that needs to be fixed,’’ Bradley said.
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