Ex-Belknap County deputy sheriff found guilty of raping inmate
MANCHESTER - The former Belknap County deputy sheriff was found guilty of the rape of an inmate Thursday in a Hillsborough County court.
Ernest Justin Blanchette was on trial for using his position of power to coerce an inmate into having sex with him. The inmates offered a graphic testimony during the trial.
"I started undoing his pants," the victim said on Wednesday. "I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what he would expect me to do because I know it’s not supposed to happen because he is a sheriff."
Blanchette is facing similar charges regarding 4 other inmates in Belknap County.
The state has asked for his bail to be revoked, and he is being held without bail.
Sentencing is scheduled in 30 days.