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NEC tutor indicted in child sex assault

An Epsom woman has been indicted on charges that she sexually assaulted a now 10-year-old boy over a nearly seven-year period, according to court documents.

Deborah Furst, 58, is accused of pattern sexual assault that began in 2006, when the boy was about 3 years old, according to the Merrimack County Superior Court indictments released yesterday. The abuse allegedly continued until November 2012.

Furst works as a tutor at New England College in Henniker where school officials said she was placed on voluntary administrative leave yesterday, according to WMUR.

Furst has been indicted on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, the first of which accuses her of touching the boy’s buttocks for the purpose of sexual arousal several times between January 2006 and October 2010. Those incidents allegedly took place in Bradford.

The second indictment alleges Furst touched the boy’s penis on more than one occasion between November 2010 and November 2012 in Concord and Newbury. The last indictment spans the same time period but alleges specifically that Furst touched the boy’s penis “with her hand by the rock while gardening” in Bradford.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3006 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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