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7/16/2013 9:14:00 AM
Convicted Child Molester Gets 3 To 6 For Another Assault
Michael Gibson
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Michael Gibson

Robert Blechl
Staff Writer

LANCASTER, N.H. -- The Whitefield man indicted in March for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl who was watching television in his apartment has pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 3 to 6 years in New Hampshire State Prison.

Michael Gibson, 43, who was convicted on a previous count of child sexual assault in 2009, pleaded guilty in Coos Superior Court to one Class A felony count of aggravated sexual assault and began serving his sentence July 1.

A second Class A indictment of aggravated felonious sexual assault and Class B felony indictments of sexual assault, kidnapping and witness tampering, also handed up by a grand jury in March, were not prosecuted.

Prior to his release from prison, Gibson is required to complete a sexual offender program.

In March, Gibson was arrested by Whitefield police on charges that assaulted the girl and told her he would hurt her if she told anyone.

The incident occurred in his apartment on Feb. 27, when police said the girl was sitting on the bed watching television and Gibson fondled her for the purpose of sexual gratification.

The girl was living in the same apartment building as Gibson and was being babysat by Gibson's wife, said Assistant Coos County Attorney Stephen Murray during the arraignment in April.

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When the girl tried to walk out of the apartment after the assault, Murray said Gibson grabbed her and confined her to the bedroom of his apartment when she wanted to leave.

After the assault, Murray said Gibson made comments of a threatening nature toward the family of the girl and said Gibson, if released from Coos County jail, would pose a significant threat to the community.

Gibson's arrest was made after an investigation by the Whitefield Police Department with assistance from the Child Advocacy Center of Coos County.

A week before the arrest for sexual assault, Gibson was arrested by Whitefield police on charges of simple assault.

Gibson's criminal history spans more than 20 years, and according to the New Hampshire Sex Offender Registry, includes multiple convictions each for failing to report to court, disorderly conduct, burglary, theft, resisting arrest, simple assault, criminal threatening and criminal mischief.

In 2009, Gibson was convicted of felonious sexual assault on a child less than 13 years old and in 1999 was convicted of attempted sexual assault.

Also in 2009, Gibson was convicted of escape, simple assault and resisting arrest and in 2005 was convicted of indecent exposure and lewdness.

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