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Sep 21, 2016 1:02 PM

Man who fled Virgina to NH to dodge sexual assault prosecutions pleads guilty

LACONIA — A man who fled Virginia earlier this year has now pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to sexual assault charges.

Carl R. Smart Jr., 37, allegedly left Virginia in January to dodge prosecution, and finally pleaded guilty Wednesday to two of the four charges - facing lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Smart was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, according to the Laconia Sun. Had the case gone to trial, prosecutor Carley Ahern said the victim would testify that in 2011 - when the girl was between 7 and 8 years old - Smart (then 32) invited her to nap with him at a Water Street home in Laconia where he then sexually assaulted her.

Smart declined to make any comment prior to sentencing. As part of the agreement, the state declined to prosecute two other aggravated felonious sexual assault charges.

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