Former Dunbarton selectman on trial this week in sex abuse case

Monitor staff
Published: 5/18/2019 11:15:02 PM

A former Dunbarton selectman accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting multiple children is scheduled to go on trial this week.

Merton Mann, 75, faces nine counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and seven counts of felonious sexual assault for the alleged abuse of two boys in 2007. The trial begins Monday morning at Merrimack County Superior Court.

Each aggravated felonious sexual assault charge carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty. The felonious sexual assault charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison for each.

The trial was set to begin earlier this year but was delayed as authorities gathered additional evidence.

In April, a superior court judge granted prosecutors permission to introduce a pornographic video as evidence. Prosecutors say one of the alleged victims will testify that Mann showed them the video and then assaulted him by “replicating” the acts seen in the video.

Mann was arrested in May last year and charged with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault. He was indicted on additional charges last July, and the original charges were dismissed in January.

At the time of his arrest May 10, 2018, he was facing a separate set of charges of indecent exposure and endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the incident reported to Dunbarton police in 2018.

Mann has prior charges of embezzlement from his time as treasurer of Dunbarton’s historical society. In 2014, Mann admitted to stealing $14,500 from the organization. He was sentenced to two to six years in state prison, suspended on good behavior.

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