The Massachusetts man accused of sexually assaulting a Stratham teenager he met on the Internet under false pretenses in May 2014 has been sentenced to prison after a negotiated plea deal, according to court documents.
Darrell Keene, a 40-year-old former middle school teacher from Andover, Mass., was sentenced on Friday to one year in prison for two counts of felonious sexual assault.
According to the Seacoast Media Group’s reporting at the time, the boy, who was 15 at the time, was assaulted between April 28 and May 6. Court documents alleged that Keene posed as a 17-year-old when chatting online with the teenage victim.
Keene was arrested May 20 and admitted that he had sex with the boy in an interview with police, according to an affidavit from Stratham Detective Sgt. David Pierce.
The teen and Keene allegedly made plans for him to sneak out of his house late at night to meet up at a designated location. In an interview at the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County, the teen said he would “sneak out of his house at or about 11 p.m. and would meet with Keene. He stated that after being picked up they would go for a short ride at which point Keene had (sexual relations) with him in the backseat of his car. (The teen) reported that this happened more than once,” the affidavit said.
Keene will enter a sexual offender program and counseling as part of his sentence, which began on Friday. He will remain on probation for four years.