Jones said Daigneault wasn’t arrested for nearly two months after the incident because of the extensive forensic investigation involved in the case.
Daigneault is free on $25,000 personal recognizance bail following his arrest and arraignment Monday in 10th Circuit Court in Derry. He was originally held on $10,000 cash bail, but was not considered a flight risk because he is in the military, Jones said.
He is barred from being within 100 yards of the woman and contacting her through social media. Daigneault told the victim’s sister on Facebook that he saw the drunken woman on the street and gave her ride to make sure she got home safely, according to the affidavit. He said they flirted and had safe sex.
Daigneault is scheduled to return to court Oct. 7 for a probable cause hearing. Jones said he didn’t know if Daigneault was still in the area or if he had returned to his military unit.
He faces seven and a half to 15 years in prison if convicted on the Class A felony charge.
Daigneault’s Massachusetts attorney, Joseph Balliro Jr., refused to comment yesterday.