NH church sex assault case headed to grand jury
July 7, 2010
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The case of a New Hampshire man accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 15-year-old fellow church member a decade ago is headed to a grand jury.
By waving a probable cause hearing Wednesday, 51-year-old Ernest Willis of Gilford agreed to let a grand jury decide whether or not to indict him. He is facing charges of aggravated and felonious sexual assault in connection with the alleged 1997 assaults against the teen who baby-sit his children. He remains free on bail.
Then-leaders of Concord’s Trinity Baptist Church arranged for the girl to live with a Baptist family in Colorado and put her baby up for adoption. Police said they didn’t make an arrest at the time because they couldn’t find the girl, now 28 and living in Arizona.