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Bourne child pornography trial postponed

Stephen Bourne’s trial on possession of child pornography charges has been postponed two weeks after his lawyer requested more time to conduct further investigation, according to a prosecutor on the case.

The trial was scheduled to begin yesterday, but Deputy Merrimack County Attorney Catherine Ruffle said attorney Mark Sisti asked a judge for an extension.

The case is one of two pending against Bourne.

He is also accused of brazen and repeated sexual assaults against a now-12-year-old girl, incidents prosecutors said often took place with others in the same room. In January a judge declared a mistrial in that case after the mother testified that Bourne had shown her daughter pictures of “girls without many clothes on.” While it was unclear whether she meant child pornography, Judge Richard McNamara called the evidence “explosive” and decided it was too prejudicial for the trial to continue.

Ruffle is still planning on pursuing those charges. Bourne’s trial on the child pornography charges is now scheduled to begin April 2.

TRICIA L. NADOLNY

That is a great lawyer he has. This trial has been postponed so many times, Sisti is probably hoping the state will just drop it.

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