Jury Clears Former Dartmouth Student in Rape Trial

Mar 27, 2014

North Haverhill, N.H. — A jury has acquitted Parker C. Gilbert of raping a Dartmouth College classmate in her dorm room last spring.

The Grafton County Superior Court jury deliberated for about four hours before clearing the former Dartmouth student of five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of criminal trespass.

The accuser had said Gilbert entered her dorm room and began assaulting her while she was asleep. Gilbert’s defense characterized the incident as “clumsy, awkward, drunk college sex.”

Dartmouth College would not comment on the verdict, except in a written statement: “We know that many members of the community have been following the case of the State v. Gilbert with a range of emotions. At this time, we are focused on the well-being of the community and moving forward.”