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Franklin man pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges after 2012 standoff; more serious charges dropped

A Franklin man previously accused of sexually assaulting a girl over several years pleaded guilty yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court to misdemeanor charges related to a police standoff in May 2012 that began when his wife found him in bed with the child.

Andrew Drew, 38, was indicted in August of last year on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, and again in December on one additional felony count for the May incident involving his wife, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two of resisting arrest.

As part of a plea bargain that allowed for his release yesterday, Drew admitted guilt to both resisting arrest charges and two of the endangering counts. The more serious felony charges have been dropped, for now.

County prosecutors indicated yesterday that the victim, now 18, was not yet prepared to take the stand. They reiterated several times to Judge Larry Smukler that the deal does not preclude them from resurrecting those charges if and when she is.

The original indictments accused Drew of “pattern sexual abuse” in Canterbury between 2002, when the girl was 7, and 2010, when she was 14. In the May 19, 2012, incident, he allegedly locked himself and the girl inside his Franklin apartment while officers were trying to arrest him.

According to the indictments on that event, Drew had two loaded pistols and three other unlocked firearms in his possession at the time, and he told the girl he planned to kill himself. He eventually released the girl to authorities and later emerged from the apartment himself. But when a state trooper tried to arrest him, Drew fled and then refused to place his hands behind his back, according to the indictments.

Drew was also accused of endangering the girl’s welfare the previous night by letting her consume alcohol.

Drew’s sentence included two years in state prison, but he was scheduled to be released yesterday because he had already served the mandatory two-thirds of that. He was handed an additional two-year sentence, which was suspended dependent upon good behavior. He is also prohibited from contacting the girl.

Drew had been incarcerated at the county jail in Boscawen.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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