EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 25, 2013

Police: Local man raped teen as friend videotaped act

By Brian Messenger

---- — LAWRENCE — Police said a 21-year-old Methuen man allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl while his friend recorded the act on his cell phone.

The alleged rape occurred May 10 in Methuen and followed several hours of drinking and synthetic marijuana smoking with a group of teenage girls, according to a police report.

Michael Koshar Jr., of 7 Washington Court, was arrested by Methuen police Thursday night and charged with child rape.

Koshar was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence District Court alongside Michael Gosselin, 23, of 197 Exchange St., Lawrence. Gosselin was also arrested Thursday and has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of showing obscene matter to a minor.

Both men are under review for indictment by the District Attorney’s office, prosecutor Michelle Defeo said yesterday.

Judge Lynn Rooney ordered Koshar, who has Asperger’s syndrome, held on $2,000 bail. Gosselin, who was convicted in 2011 for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, was ordered held on $50,000 bail.

Upon posting bail, both men were ordered to have no contact with the victim, the witnesses, or with any children under age 16. Koshar was also ordered to report daily to the court’s Probation Department.

Koshar and Gosselin are scheduled to appear in court June 19 for a probable cause hearing.

The alleged rape victim came to the Methuen police station Thursday to report a past sexual assault, according to an incident report written by Det. Thomas McMenamon Jr.

The victim told police she was raped May 10. She and her two friends were hanging out with Koshar and Gosselin at Greycourt Park behind Methuen City Hall. “After a few hours of smoking and drinking,” the group drove to Koshar’s house.

After her friends left, the victim recalled going upstairs to a bedroom. The victim told police she smoked synthetic marijuana and drank a half bottle of vodka. She only remembered some parts of the night and did not recall having sex.

A few days later, the victim learned from her friends that Gosselin had a cell phone video showing her having sex and performing oral sex. The victim’s friends later told police that Gosselin showed them the video.

Facebook text messages obtained by detectives between the victim and Gosselin also reveal that Gosselin admitted to watching the victim have sex with Koshar, according to the police report.

On Thursday night, Gosselin called Methuen police and asked if they wanted to speak with him. Officers went to his home and arrested him. Gosselin later told police that Koshar had sex with victim, according to the report.

“He stated that the only video he had of (the victim) was of her being drunk and acting dumb,” reads the report.

Gosselin told police he deleted the video from his cell phone. He allowed police to confiscate his phone, which was seized as evidence and will be sent to state lab for testing.

Police then went to Koshar’s home and arrested him on nearby Orchard Street. Koshar told police he was drinking with the victim at his house. They then went up to his room and continued to drink and have sex, according to the police report.

At his arraignment yesterday, Koshar’s lawyer Geoffrey DuBosque said the Methuen High School graduate has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder, as well as anxiety and depression.

DuBosque said Koshar takes medication for the conditions and had recently undertaken therapy. He said Koshar has no criminal record and has never been in trouble before.

Records show Gosselin served time in jail for his prior indecent assault conviction and was on probation at the time of his arrest Thursday. His lawyer, Steve Van Dyke, said yesterday that Gosselin is a lifelong area resident.

Van Dyke said Gosselin “handled himself with poise” by calling police and volunteering to speak with them.