Hinsdale, N.H., man faces federal sexual exploitation charges
CONCORD, N.H. — A 33-year-old New Hampshire man being held without bail in Vermont for kidnapping a teenager now faces federal charges.
According to court documents, the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire has filed four counts against Kurt Carpentino, including the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor for transporting his teenaged victim from New Hampshire to Vermont with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.
On April 28, Carpentino was arraigned in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Brattleboro, Vt., after he was arrested for bringing a juvenile from Hinsdale to Rockingham, Vt. The girl told an investigator with the Vermont State Police that Carpentino took her to an abandoned hotel in Rockingham — later identified as Caboose Corners — where he sexually assaulted her. The teenager later told another investigator that she and Carpentino were planning to run away together.
While in custody of the Vermont State Police, Carpentino confirmed to detectives that he rented an apartment to the teenager and her mother in Hinsdale. He told detectives that before Thursday he and the girl had engaged in sexual relations on a number of occasions. Carpentino also alleged that the mother knew about it. He admitted to leaving Hinsdale with the teenager and traveling to Rockingham.
He was charged in Vermont with two counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated sexual assault.
The federal indictment also accuses Carpentino of creating a "visual depiction" of "sexually explicit conduct" featuring his underage victim. The federal indictment includes two charges that he "knowingly" persuaded, enticed or coerced his victim during the creation of those visual depictions. The fourth count accuses him of the possession of those child sex abuse images.
The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has filed a warrant to take Carpentino into custody, who is currently being held without bail in Vermont.
"It is anticipated that defendant will be taken into federal custody for arraignment by the United States, and the criminal charges for prosecution by the United States and the state of Vermont will then both proceed forward," Windham County Deputy State's Attorney David Gartenstein told the Reformer Monday morning.
Carpentino has an extensive criminal record in Vermont and New Hampshire.
According to the Keene Sentinel, in 2003, Carpentino was sentenced to 13-and-a-half to 40 years for sexually assaulting seven teenage girls from Hinsdale and Chesterfield, N.H., and Brattleboro. "Witnesses and victims said Carpentino used to bring the girls to his house, ply them with alcohol and other drugs, then have sex with them, whether they wanted to or not," stated the Sentinel. He was released on parole in 2016, according to the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety.
In June, Carpentino was back in Windham Superior Court, accused of violating his conditions for attempting to send letters through his then-attorney, Frank Olmstead, to his victim.
"Don't send me away for life," wrote Kurt Carpentino. "I have always tried to defend you, stand up for you and do everything you wanted me to do for you. Please, do this for me."
The letters were received on May 22 by a friend of the victim, who is also a witness in the case against Carpentino. The friend brought an unopened envelope to the school resource officer at Hinsdale, N.H., High School, who opened it. A note attached to the letters was signed by Frank Olmstead, an attorney with DesMeules, Olmstead & Ostler in Norwich. "Enclosed are two handwritten letters that Kurt Carpentino sent to me and asked that I get to you for forwarding to [the alleged victim]," wrote Olmstead.
"The express purpose of this solicitation," wrote Gartenstein in an emergency motion filed on May 31 to amend Carpentino's conditions, "was to avoid criminal responsibility and consequences. ... These letters, including their transmission by Attorney Olmstead ... constitute a grave threat to public safety and the integrity of the judicial process,. Defendant's letters instruct (the teenager) on steps to take in concert with Attorney Olmstead to recant her reports about he sexual assaults and kidnapping Defendant perpetrated."
"Defendant's letters further outlined ... other steps Defendant wanted them to take to facilitate violation of his conditions of release and attempts to obstruct justice, including steps involving Attorney Olmstead," wrote Gartenstein. Those steps included obtaining "a cheap phone" and sending letters to Olmstead because "They won't read my attorney mail."
Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.
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