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STAFF REPORT Published Jun 8, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Jun 8, 2011)
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CONCORD — A man found guilty two weeks ago of raping a 15-year-old fellow church member in 1997 is asking a Merrimack County Superior Court judge to throw out the verdicts and grant him a new trial. Lawyers for Ernest Willis, 52, filed motions challenging the victim's testimony and part of a taped interview of police detectives that was played to jurors during the trial, the Concord Monitor reported. Willis previously pleaded guilty to felonious sexual assault and admitted to one instance of sexual contact with Tina Anderson when she was under the age of consent. He denied the other charges. Anderson, who became pregnant with Willis' baby, chose to identify herself as a victim as the case went to trial. She recounted how she had to stand before the congregation at their Trinity Baptist Church and apologize for getting pregnant.

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This May 20, 2010, booking photograph released by the Concord Police Department shows Ernest Willis, 51, of Gilford, charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault in 1997. Concord Police Department

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Phil Ramsey said: PE RAMSEY Did his GOD say this was OK, like in the OT. This man is a joke, power over people is his drug of choice (Report Abuse) June 8, 2011 9:46 am Denise Turcotte said: Don't grant this jerk a new trial! Let him sit behind bars and think about what he's done!!! (Report Abuse) June 8, 2011 10:36 am Paul Lundwall said: He pleaded guilty and wants a new trial? Something wrong with this picture. (Report Abuse) June 8, 2011 7:44 pm Chris Kofer said: I'll bet he'd like a teenage girlfriend too. (Report Abuse) June 8, 2011 9:10 pm Reggie Giguere said: @ Paul Lundwall: I'm with you on this one, Paul. Under what circumstance can one plead guilty to charges and then ask for a new trial? Can anyone out there explain? (Report Abuse) June 9, 2011 7:15 am John Krats said: Jesus H Christ. The ***** already plead guilty. Only an ***** would overturn the verdict. (Report Abuse) June 9, 2011 12:27 pm
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