Dover, NH – A convicted sex offender was attacked by another prisoner just moments after being sentenced in a Dover courtroom on Thursday, Nov. 30.
Christopher Elwell, 29, had just been convicted and sentenced by a jury for sexually assaulting a four-year-old, according to KTLA.
After being sentenced, Elwell went to sit in the back of the courtroom when he was attacked by another prisoner, Josiah Davies, who head-butted him several times.
Davies was in court for a probation violation hearing at the time, and was in shackles.
Elwell and Davies did not know each other, and a Strafford County District Attorney’s Office official said that Davies may have been set off by Elwell’s case.
The four-year-old victim was sexually assaulted during a sleepover at a residence on June 24-25, and Elwell’s nine-year-old daughter witnessed the assault, according to court records. Police said that Elwell had been prohibited from being on the property.
When the victim’s mother picked her up the following morning, she told her mother that Elwell put his “peep” in her mouth, according to WNNH. Police said that the mother told them that peep is a word that she and her daughter use to describe private parts.
An affidavit said that the other girls gave a similar story of Chris [Elwell] sleeping in the bed with them, and “all of them being under the covers.” The four-year-old said that there were “nakey” photos on Elwell’s phone and that “they were tickling each other,” according to WNNH.
Elwell’s nine-year-old daughter disclosed that he had put his tongue in the victim, and also said that “daddy put his thing” in the victim’s mouth.
Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Conant said “They described him showing them videos of sexual acts similar to the ones that she had done.”
Elwell initially denied the allegations but admitted that they were true in court. In an affidavit, he said that he knew he was not supposed to be there, and blamed the four-year-old, saying that she had asked to see his “pee-pod” and wanted to try what was in the video.
He also pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender, after being convicted of two counts of felony sexual assault on a teen younger than 16 in 2008. His previous criminal history also includes convictions for theft, criminal mischief, and failure to register.
Conant said that Elwell was required to register as a sex offender and had been living at 12 Mineral Park Drive “off and on” but more than five times a month, and had not changed his address with the Somersworth Police Department.
Elwell was sentenced to seven and a half to 15 years in prison.
A judge accepted the plea bargain because it would prevent the child from having to testify. Conant said that she would have liked him to serve more time for the sexual assault. Once he is released from prison, Elwell is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with juveniles, according to WMUR.
The Strafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Davies’ assault on Elwell, but it’s not clear if any jury would convict him of the assault.
You can see the video of the attack below: