For Immediate Release - March 10, 2010

New Hampshire Man Sentenced For Rape Of A Child

Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy today sentenced Robin Abrahams, 46, of Seabrook, NH, to 45-60 years in state prison for rape of a child with force. He handed Abrahams an additional life sentence for burglary and assault on an occupant.

Abrahams, who also lived sporadically in the Newburyport area, was found guilty of the charges yesterday following a six-day trial. The jury deliberated for just under three hours before returning its verdict.

In 2006, DNA evidence found on the bed sheets at the scene of the crime was used to link Abrahams to the rape and burglary. Abrahams was indicted in February, 2007.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Jessica Connors proved that on the night of May 17, 1991, Abrahams broke into the 15 year-old victim's home on Washington Street in Newburyport and raped her.

In 2008, he was also charged with intimidation of witness while awaiting trial on this matter. He pled guilty to that charge today and was sentenced to a concurrent state prison term of 4-5 years.

Prosecutor Connors lauded Newburyport Police Inspectors Brian Brunault and Patty Gabriel and Officer Nora Dugan for their tenacity on this case. She also praised the work of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, and Victim/Witness Advocate Tyler Burke.