Man claims robbery, rape was part of consensual sex fantasy

A man accused of raping a woman during a robbery in New Hampshire insists the sexual assault was part of a consensual, preplanned fantasy for an encounter with an escaped prisoner or mental patient, saying “she wanted to play that out.”

Joshua Flynn, 47, testified in his own defense Tuesday in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, where he claimed sex with the 23-year-old victim last year during a robbery at Emery Farm in Durham wasn’t forced, but rather part of an elaborate plot to collect money from a victim’s assistance fund if she later claimed she was attacked, WMUR reports.

“You can ask me the same question 20 different ways, but I did not sexually assault [her],” Flynn testified. “I did not kidnap her. I did not do any of that stuff.”

Prosecutors began Tuesday’s proceedings by playing Flynn’s recorded confession to police on all charges. But Flynn tried to convince jurors that he lied to investigators that day, admitting only to robbing and tying up two women during the March 2017 ordeal.

Flynn testified that he and the victim knew each other previously and had sex on five earlier occasions. Flynn told jurors he went to the farm to tell the woman he was being sought by police in connection with robberies in the area and needed to leave town.

“We had sex one last time, and previously when we met in North Conway, she asked if I wanted to play a sex game with her, that she had a fantasy about being assaulted by an escaped prisoner, an escaped mental patient, and she wanted to play that out,” Flynn testified.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, were less than moved by Flynn’s account, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“Why would anyone believe you about anything generally speaking?” Prosecutor Joachim Barth asked Flynn, referring to prior felony drug and burglary convictions.

“Just because I’m a criminal doesn’t mean I don’t tell the truth,” Flynn replied.

Barth told jurors that Flynn tried to intimidate two witnesses who were allegedly bound during the incident, telling them in letters that he would burn down their houses in the middle of the night if they testified during trial.

Flynn previously pleaded no contest to kidnapping and robbery charges, but Barth noted that the man’s mother was angry he was charged with rape and that he likely changed his story to avoid being labeled a sex offender.

“There is a hierarchy and sex offenders are at the very bottom,” Barth said.

But Flynn repeatedly insisted that he didn’t rape the woman, claiming his testimony was “not a story,” according to the Union Leader. He also claimed to not be worried about protecting himself on the inside.

“If anyone has a problem, we fight,” Flynn testified, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat.

Flynn said he met the woman weeks before the incident after finding her on Backpage.com, a “website for prostitutes,” he testified. During each encounter, they drank alcohol, used cocaine and had sex before later coming up with the plan to rob the farm store, he testified.

The woman has previously testified that she never saw Flynn before in her life and said she remains in a committed relationship with another man, the Foster’s Daily Democrat reports.

Flynn’s attorney, meanwhile, rested his case following Tuesday’s testimony. Closing arguments are expected to begin early Wednesday.

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