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Rye Man Indicted for 40 Crimes Alleging 5 Girls Victimized

By Elizabeth Dinan, edinan@seacostonline.com

Rye – A 70-year old man was indicted for 40 crimes alleging he sexually assaulted five girls, the youngest age 9 and the oldest 15, in Rye and North Hampton, where he’s also alleged to have threatened them and plied them with alcohol.

Accused of the dozens of crimes against minors, Richard Racette had been living in a $500-a-month apartment at 372 Sagamore Road in Rye for just two months before the crimes are alleged to have occurred, according to court records.  He remains incarcerated on $75,000 cash bail since his August arrest for five initial related crimes.  In forms he completed at the time of his arrest, Racette reported he was a self-employed carpenter.

According to the indictments, Racette committed two crimes of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault against a 9-year-old girl on July 23rd in Rye.

The indictments also allege Racette victimized two 11 year-old girls, one of whom he twice attempted to sexually assault and exposed himself to in June and July, also in Rye.

Racette is also alleged to have committed 14 crimes against an 11-year-old.  The indictments allege he raped, sexually assaulted and took child abuse images of that girl in Rye, and committed a pattern of sexual assault against her in Hampton Falls.

The indictments allege Racette also sexually assaulted a 12-year-old during July in Rye, where he also manufactured child sex abuse images of her.  He’s alleged to have sexually assaulted and attempted to sexually assault the fifth girl, age 15, in Rye last July, once while she was sleeping.

All of the alleged crimes are felonies and Racette was also indicted for misdemeanors alleging he threatened the victims and gave all of them alcoholic beverages.

An indictment means a grand jury found enough evidence to take the cases to trial and are not finding of guilt.

Police previously said Racette’s arrest was the result of an investigation by the Rye Police Department, Rockingham County Attorney’s Office, New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Child Advocacy Center of  Rockingham County.