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Bow man to stand trial for sexual assault of minor

  • Patrick Nylen Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 11/17/2019 9:37:14 PM

A Bow man accused of sexually assaulting a boy on multiple occasions in 2010 and 2011 is scheduled to stand trial this week in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord.

Patrick Nylen, 51, who was employed by the town’s public works department for more than a decade, is charged with felonious sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault for molesting the boy – who was under the age of 13 at the time – between Jan. 1, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2011 – according to court documents. Prosecutors allege the felony sexual assault occurred in a barn in the town but they don’t provide any further details in the court record about the circumstances leading up to that incident.

As part of their investigation, Bow police officers executed a search warrant at Nylen’s Dow Road residence on June 29, 2018, as well as at his family’s farm on Robinson Road. Nylen was not formally charged with sexual assault until that September when a grand jury handed up indictments against him. More than one year later, his trial is moving forward.

While six charges are pending against Nylen in Merrimack County, the first trial will deal only with the sexual assault charges. Nylen also faces three felony counts of indecent exposure involving a different victim under the age of 16. Prosecutors allege in that case that Nylen exposed himself to the child and masturbated on three separate occasions – twice in a living room and once after baling hay – between May 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2014. That trial has not yet been scheduled.

The sexual assault trial was previously scheduled for this past May but postponed until this month due to the availability of a key witness for the state, according to court records. A jury was chosen last week and the trial is scheduled to begin with opening statements Tuesday morning in Concord. The trial will include testimony from the victim in addition to several Bow police officers who played a role in the response and investigation. 

Nylen remains out of jail on personal recognizance. As part of his bail conditions, he is prohibited from having contact with the victims or any child under the age of 18.

The trial begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Judge Brian Tucker presiding.

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