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Merrimack Valley

November 8, 2012

Alleged rapist back in jail

DNA links Methuen man to 5 more cases


The man started kissing her, keeping one hand on the steering wheel and using the other to remove her clothes. The gun was stashed in the center console, the woman told a Methuen detective.

The woman said she was raped, slapped in the face, head, buttocks and upper body for the next three hours. She asked if she could get out of the car, urinate and get dressed. Once she got out, the woman ran into the woods and Poirier allegedly drove away. When she made it back to Pleasant Valley Street, she flagged down a police cruiser.

When charged with the rapes, police arrested Poirier in Merrimac, where his mother lives. The red Grand Am, which belonged to his mother, was also seized by police at that time.

Police also said Poirier was a “person of interest” in a third sexual assault from June 2010 but he was never charged in connection with it.

As a condition of his release in August, Poirier, formerly of 17 Gaudette Lane, Pelham, N.H. had been living with his brother in the Northside Condominiums in Haverhill.

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