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Nashua man barred from parks, playgrounds after allegedly touching girl

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

September 20. 2017 12:40AM

JAMES BOURQUE 

NASHUA — A Nashua man is prohibited from being within 300 feet of any parks or playgrounds after allegedly luring a child with popcorn, taking photographs of her and then grabbing her buttocks twice.

More details are being released in the arrest of James Bourque, 46, of 10 Maple St. He is facing two counts of felonious sexual assault for the Saturday incident at Sandy Pond.

According to newly filed court documents, the 9-year-old victim told police that she was fishing at Sandy Pond late Saturday afternoon when a man gave her some popcorn and also offered to use the popcorn to bait the hook on her fishing rod.

The girl said that while she was fishing, she felt the man tap the middle of her buttocks.

“She told (police) that she thought it was an accidental touch and moved to the left side of the dock to separate from him, and the man followed her,” states a prosecutor’s synopsis filed at Hillsborough County Superior Court.

According to court documents, the man, later identified as Bourque, threw some popcorn in the pond and then allegedly positioned himself behind the child and grabbed her buttocks a second time.

The girl told police that she immediately walked home and told her mother about the incident.

Although Bourque originally denied touching the girl, telling police that he only provided her with popcorn, he eventually admitted to taking photographs of the child while she was walking near the dock, and inappropriately touching the girl, state court records. “While he was baiting her hook he felt a rush and later described it as an adrenaline rush,” states the prosecutor’s synopsis.

He told police that she was attractive and he touched her for arousal, say court documents.

While he had never seen this girl before, Bourque admitted to having urges to act on this type of behavior on at least three other occasions, according to court records.

Bourque was arraigned on the two felony charges on Monday where Judge Charles Temple set his bail at $25,000 cash or corporate surety.

Bourque has been ordered to have no contact with the victim, and no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18. In addition, he is prohibited from coming within 300 feet of any school, playground, park, fishing spot or public area where juveniles meet.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department’s Special Investigations Division at 603-594-3500.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison for each offense, according to police.

khoughton@newstote.com


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