Resolution in indecent exposure case against Bow sex offender stalled due to COVID-19

  • Patrick Nylen —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 8/9/2020 2:35:22 PM

County prosecutors have made a plea offer to a convicted sex offender accused of exposing himself to a child on multiple occasions in Bow, but COVID-19 restrictions have stalled a resolution.

Patrick “Rick” Nylen, a former public works employee for the town, was found guilty following a jury trial late last year of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy who worked on his family’s farm a decade ago. Related charges of indecent exposure involving a second victim are still pending against Nylen in Merrimack County Superior Court and could be resolved without a trial, according to court documents.

Attorneys were scheduled to meet in late March with Judge Brian Tucker in Merrimack County Superior Court to discuss the status of the case and any efforts toward a resolution. However, the hearing was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced courts throughout the state to limit in-person hearings and restrict access days earlier out of concern for public safety.

Three months later, on June 29, Tucker learned during a telephone hearing with lawyers that a possible plea offer was on the table, but that due to COVID-19 restrictions defense attorneys had not been able to meet with Nylen.

A follow-up hearing will be scheduled next month unless attorneys notify the court sooner that they’ve reached a resolution.

Nylen, 52, of Bow is incarcerated at the New Hampshire Men’s Prison in Concord, where he is serving a three- to six-year sentence for felonious sexual assault. As a condition of his sentence, he must register as a sex offender for life.

In November, a jury found Nylen guilty of one count of felonious sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault for molesting a boy who worked on the Nylen family farm on Robinson Road between 2010 and 2011.

During the two-day trail in Concord, jurors heard from several witnesses, including Bow police officers, the 22-year-old victim, his father and another man who previously worked on the farm as a boy.

Prosecutors say the victim in the indecent exposure case also worked on the farm with Nylen, and allege that Nylen masturbated in front of the boy on several occasions in 2014, including after they bailed hay and in the living room of his Bow home.

Nylen faces three counts of felony-level indecent exposure, which could carry additional state prison time.

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