Found guilty

Robert Chambers faces the jury as he is found guilty on four of five charges of sexual assault in Cheshire County Superior Court on Thursday.

A jury found a Swanzey man guilty Thursday afternoon on four charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

A fifth sexual assault charge against Robert K. Chambers Sr., 65, was dropped after the jury did not reach a unanimous verdict. 

Chambers was taken into custody after the verdict was read shortly before 4 p.m. in Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene, and he will be held at the Cheshire County jail until his sentencing on July 7, according to Assistant Cheshire County Attorney Keith W. Clouatre. 

Chambers was arrested on July 26 and released from the jail the following day and placed on house arrest, in part because of concerns about his health.

He faces a maximum of 10 to 20 years in prison on each of the sexual assault counts.

Chambers had faced the charges in connection with what police said was a pattern of sexual abuse against a child between April 1994 and March 2001.

The victim, now an adult, had been 7 years old when the abuse first started, she told the court during her testimony Tuesday.

Chambers took the stand Wednesday in his own defense, strongly denying the allegations against him.

Chambers, who previously served as police chief in Gilsum and Marlow, was once a suspect in the 1978 death of his friend Russell Bean. He was charged with second-degree murder in 1988, but a grand jury later declined to hand up an indictment.

Police found Bean’s remains in Robert Chambers’ front yard in Marlow. Bean’s killing remains unsolved.