EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 16, 2012

Judge frees man charged with trapping women in his car, raping them

By Jill Harmacinski
jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

---- — METHUEN - A man who allegedly rigged his car to trap women and then rape them has been freed by a Salem, Mass. Superior Court judge.

Judge Timothy Feeley told Kenneth Poirier, 40, of Pelham, N.H. he was free to go this morning, after granting a motion to suppress the traffic stop that led to his arrest by Methuen Police in October 2010. Feeley ordered Poirer to stay away from his alleged victims.

Poirier is charged with aggravated rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery. Poirier was accused of rigging the passenger side door in his red 1995 Pontiac Grand Am to hinder his alleged victims from getting out of his car, police said. He was arrested in Merrimac, Mass. at his mother's home after pulling into the driveway in the Grand Am.

The first alleged rape occurred in May 2010. Poirier allegedly kidnapped a woman in the Pleasant Valley Street area by coaxing her into his car, saying he was seeking directions. Allegedly, he held her at gunpoint, drove her to a rural area and assaulted her in the car.

In October 2010, Poirier allegedly forced a woman a woman into his car in the area of Lowell and Pelham streets and drove her to a secluded part of the city, near the Haverhill line, where he sexually assaulted her.

Staff reporter Julie Manganis contributed to this report. For more on this story, see tomorrow's The Eagle-Tribune.