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March 8, 2014

Londonderry man cleared in sexual assault case

But former coach faces second trial

BRENTWOOD — A former Londonderry youth football coach was found not guilty yesterday of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Timothy Longua, 42, of 7 Lang Way was cleared on five felony charges by a Rockingham County Superior Court jury. But he still faces two other sexual assault charges involving a 12-year-old girl when he goes on trial again April 14.

Longua turned himself in to Londonderry police in March 2013, after the two girls told police he fondled them during several sleepovers at his home between May 2012 and January 2013, according to a police affidavit.

Both girls said Longua was “drunk” when he allegedly touched them as they slept in the basement. Longua told police he did not remember the alleged incidents because he had been drinking.

Longua was a former assistant coach with the Londonderry Wildcats youth football league.

The jury handed up its verdict to Judge Kenneth McHugh early yesterday afternoon after deliberating for several hours. The trial began Monday.

Longua’s attorney, Charles Keefe, said after the trial that his client was relieved. He also said Longua did not sexually assault the second girl.

“Tim and his family are incredibly happy the jury saw the truth,” Keefe said.

He said they are looking forward to “getting back to normalcy.” Longua had been free on $10,000 cash bail.

Longua was found not guilty on three counts of felonious sexual assault and single counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and attempted felonious assault. He faced years in prison if convicted.

He faces two counts of felonious sexual assault in the second case.

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