Police: NH man accused of sexual assault on 2 girls says 'I am in trouble' during interview
CONCORD — An Epsom man accused of sexual assaulting two young girls who are known to him has pleaded not guilty.
Christopher Waitkus, 36, of Epsom, was swimming with a 9-year-old girl behind the trailer park where he lives June 26, when the girls said he touched her inappropriately.
The girl went home and told her mother what happened, and her mother called police to report the incident. That same day, another girl who is now 12 told her mother that he had touched her inappropriately when she was 8-years-old.
While police were still on the phone with the first mother, the second girl's mother called the police and told them that he had admitted to touching her daughter, and that he was waiting at home for police to arrive. The officers on the phone asked all parties involved to come to the station to be interviewed.
Once Waitkus was at the station, police said he was very emotional. The officer informed him that they were just trying to figure out what happened and that he was not yet in any trouble.
Waitkus stated under his breath "I am in trouble," according to the affidavit.
Police began by interviewing the mother of the 12-year-old, who told them that she had gotten a call from her neighbor that afternoon, saying that Waitkus had touched the 9-year-old while they were swimming.
The mother of the 12-year-old told police she sent her daughter and the other girl to the neighbor's house so she could confront Waitkus without the kids around.
She told police when she spoke with Waitkus, he admitted to touching the 12-year-old four years ago but said he did not touch the 9-year-old, which is when police were called.
Police then interviewed Waitkus, who was informed that the interview was voluntary and he could leave at any time. In that interview, police said Waitkus admitted to touching the 12-year-old's vagina over her underwear while tucking her in one night when she was 8.
Waitkus also claimed he was intoxicated at the time of doing so, the affidavit states.
The affidavit states that in the interview, Waitkus claimed the contact with the neighbor's daughter while swimming was an accident. He claimed that he was holding her under the arms when his hands slipped onto her breasts and he immediately removed them, and that his hand slipped under what he believed to be the side of her bathing suit bottoms, the affidavit states.
Both of the girls were interviewed two days later on June 28. The 12-year-old told police that sometime between the ages of 7 and 10 Waikus came into her room for "cuddle time." She told the interviewer that one night he did so smelling of alcohol. They were laying on their sides watching TV when he reached over and rubbed her vagina over her clothes, the affidavit states. She told him "no," and he then did it again underneath her clothes when she said "no" again and jumped out of bed, according to the affidavit.
The girl the interviewer that it was the only incident of inappropriate contact and that Waitkus apologized.
In the interview with the 9-year-old, she told police that Waitkus had touched and rubbed her breasts over the bathing suit and that he also did so both over and under her bathing suit bottoms.
On June 30, Waitkus was voluntarily interviewed by police again to clear up the discrepancies between his and the girls' interviews. Waitkus said that what the 12-year-old said was true, the affidavit states. He also again stated that any contact with the 9-year-old was unintentional, police said.
Waitkus was arraigned on three charges of sexual assault July 7. He pleaded not guilty to all three counts and bail has been set at $25,000 cash.