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Child abuse trial of Plaistow man apprehended at Universal Studios delayed

Union Leader Correspondent

April 26. 2013 3:41PM

The trial for Roland Dow, (left), has been delayed. He and his girlfriend, Jessica Linscott, faces charges related to the abuse of her 3-year-old son James Nicholson. (COURTESY)

BRENTWOOD - The trial of a Plaistow man charged with abusing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son has been delayed in the wake of new charges being brought against him last month alleging he also coached the boy about what to tell a state child-advocacy worker.

Roland Dow, 27, was expected to go on trial Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court on eight charges including first-degree and second-degree assault.

Dow's lawyer Tom Gleason asked a judge for more time to review evidence related to the witness tampering charges brought against his client in March.

Dow was indicted along with the boy's mother, 23-year-old Jessica Linscott, for injuries 3-year-old James Nicholson suffered between Nov. 1 and 14.

As Dow was striking Nicholson in the head and burning his wrist and fingers, Linscott failed to report the abuse, according to prosecutors.

The couple was apprehended at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 28 after nearly two weeks on the run from police.

Linscott is charged with felony witness tampering, and six misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
No new trial date has been set for Dow. But prosecutors and defense lawyers for Dow and Linscott are expected to briefly meet with a judge on Wednesday for a status conference.

Dow, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail, could face up to 30 to 90 years in state prison if he is convicted of all charges at trial.

Dow and Linscott also face felony charges of hiding a computer camera and secretly recording a state Department of Children, Youth & Family worker who interviewed Nicholson on Oct. 23.

About 20 minutes of the video shows Dow and Linscott instructing the boy how to answer questions about bloody noses and whether he gets yelled at, according to prosecutors and indictments.

Linscott is scheduled for trial on the misdemeanor charged on June 3. She faces up to a year in county jail on each of the misdemeanor charges. The felony charges are punishable by up to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison.

Prosecutors have the option of asking a judge to consolidate the abuse-related and witness tampering charges into one trial.

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