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Former Dunbarton selectman faces new sex assault charges

  • Merton Mann Courtesy



Monitor staff
Thursday, August 02, 2018

A former Dunbarton selectman recently accused of sexually assaulting two 5-year-old boys a decade ago faces new charges in Merrimack County.

Merton Mann, 74, was recently indicted on nine counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and seven counts of felonious sexual assault alleging repeated sexual abuse of one boy during a four-month period in 2007 and of a second boy that April.

Police arrested Mann in May and charged him with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault.

At that time, he was already facing unrelated charges of indecent exposure and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with incidents reported to police earlier this year. He is scheduled to stand trial in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord in that case in November.

Mann is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest sexual assault indictments Aug. 29 in Concord. If found guilty, he faces 10 to 20 years in state prison on each count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Each felonious sexual assault charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

In addition to his role as selectman, Mann previously served as treasurer for Dunbarton’s historical society and, in that role, was charged with embezzlement. He pleaded guilty in April 2014 to stealing $14,500 from the organization and was sentenced to two to six years in the state prison, all suspended on conditions of good behavior.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)