2017-02-15 / Front Page

Man going to prison for sexually assaulting teen

NEWPORT — A Langdon man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Sullivan County Superior Court to charges that he twice raped and assaulted a teenage girl.

Judge Brian Tucker sentenced Jermie Kline, 38, to a term of five to 15 years in state prison on the incest charge. The judge handed Kline a suspended sentence of 3 years and six months to seven years in prison for 2nd Degree Assault.

Both sentences were the result of a plea agreement.

Kline was also instructed to participate in a sex offender program while incarcerated and to have no contact with the victim or her mother.

On several occasions Kline broke into tears and buried his face in his hands during the plea and sentencing hearing.

Assistant County Attorney Justin Hersh said the charges stemmed from two incidents that occurred between July 1 and Nov. 10, 2016 in Unity.

“These are ugly facts. There is just no way around that. Mr. Kline does not dispute any of the elements,” Hersh told the judge,  describing his sentence as “appropriate."

Before sentencing the victim’s mother read aloud a statement in the courtroom in which she described Kline as a “monster.”

The mother said the incidents caused her daughter to suffer anxiety and to live in fear of future assaults by Kline.

Kline will be required to register as a Tier 3 sex offender with the New Hampshire Sex Offender Registry upon his release from prison, Hersh said.

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