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Kenneth Day, facing child sexual abuse charges, waives probable cause hearing

Kenneth Day waived his probable cause hearing scheduled for yesterday related to charges that he sexually abused two people multiple times when they were children.

The 67-year-old faces four charges and 300 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault stemming from incidents that prosecutors said occurred as far back as 1991.

The police initially said the incidents occurred in Barnstead, but Belknap County attorney Carley Ahern said yesterday that investigations related to Day’s conduct are ongoing in three New Hampshire counties. Ahern would not comment further to specify which counties are involved or whether additional people have come forward to report abuse since Day was arraigned in Laconia’s district court last month.

Soon after Day was arrested at his home in Epsom, Barnstead police Sgt. Joseph McDowell said officials heard reports that three additional people may also have been abused – but, at the time, those had not been confirmed. Ahern declined to comment on the status of these reports yesterday afternoon.

Additional information on the case may be released next week, Ahern said. At Day’s July 18 arraignment, Judge James Carroll approved a request from Ahern to seal the affidavit, criminal complaint and arrest warrant in the case for 90 days.

The police also previously said that another case could be pending in Maine involving someone who reported being abused by Day in Barnstead and Maine, but Ahern was unable to provide any additional information on that case. That case is not being pursued in New Hampshire at this time, the police said previously, because the statute of limitations has expired here.

Officials are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Belknap County Sheriff’s Office at 527-5454.

(Casey McDermott can be reached at 369-3306 or cmcdermott@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @caseymcdermott.)

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