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Tilton man to plead guilty to sexual assault of teenager

  • Charles Beckley, 54, of Tilton was arrested May 11, 2017, and charged with sexually assaulting a minor.



Monitor staff
Friday, October 06, 2017

A Tilton man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old and photographing the abuse has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Charles Beckley, 54, faces more than a decade in state prison, according to the agreement filed in Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia. Upon his release, he also faces additional suspended prison time, which the court can impose if he is not of good behavior for 20 years.

Beckley is charged with five counts of felonious sexual assault, one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images and three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault.

Beckley was previously employed as the transfer station manager in Canterbury, but his name has been removed from the town’s website.

Tilton police began investigating Beckley in May after a woman reported that Beckley had confided in her about the sexual abuse, according to an affidavit prepared by Detective Bryan Kydd-Keeler. The woman provided police with Facebook massages of a conversation she had with Beckley.

She told police she was upset because “it was not the first time that Charles had told her he had sex with someone 12-14 years old,” the affidavit says, noting that two other females were mentioned.

Tilton police Chief Robert Cormier told the Monitor in August that additional child victims had come forward in the months since Beckley’s arrest; however, no additional criminal charges have been filed.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Beckley’s home on Grange Road as part of their investigation. The 13-year-old girl told a forensic interviewer that she and Beckley had sexual intercourse at the residence on two occasions, the affidavit says.

A grand jury indicted Beckley in August for those offenses and for other sex crimes alleged to have taken place between February and May.

Beckley is incarcerated at the Belknap County jail in Laconia.

A plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25 in Belknap County Superior Court.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)