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Boscawen man indicted on sexual assault charges

A 19-year-old Boscawen man was indicted this month by a Merrimack County grand jury on charges of sexually assaulting a girl over a period of several months.

Joshua Manias of Baker Street faces two charges of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault and has been in the Merrimack County
jail since his arrest. He also was
indicted for charges of tampering with a witness, but
that is unrelated to the sexual assault charges, said Boscawen police Sgt. Jason Killary.

The sexual assault charges stem from repeated incidents between June 1 and Sept. 1, 2012, when the alleged victim was 13 years old. Manias allegedly assaulted her by placing his penis in her mouth and genital opening. Pattern sexual assault charges mean the assaults occurred repeatedly within that time frame.

The alleged assaults were reported to the Boscawen police by a third party, and the investigation began in December 2012, Killary said.

On Dec. 31, believing an investigation was pending regarding a different
assault, Manias pressured
another woman to provide false information to the
police, according to the indictment. He told her she better take his side or she wouldn’t like what happened, according to the indictment. That incident is separate from the sexual assault charges, Killary said.

The Boscawen police dealt with Manias “frequently” before the alleged assaults, Killary said. He was arrested in January on three counts of receiving stolen property and one of possession of a controlled drug, according to police logs. He also was arrested last August for breach of bail conditions.

Assistant County Attorney Joseph Cherniske is prosecuting the case but was unavailable for comment.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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