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June 13. 2013 2:34PM

Dover teen jailed in two sexual assault cases

DOVER – Judge Stephen Morrison set bail at $100,000 cash only for a local teen facing several felony charges in two cases.

Samuel Coffey, 18, of 1113 Lilac Lane, was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl June 8.

After his arrest on a warrant Wednesday, Coffey was held on $5,000 cash bail at the Strafford County Jail.

During a video arraignment Thursday, Morrison entered no plea for Coffey, which is standard procedure in felony cases. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June 26 at 10 a.m. in Dover District Court.

On Thursday, assistant county attorney Jennifer Chase recommended bail be increased to $100,000 cash with the conditions Coffey be monitored by GPS through the Strafford County Community Corrections Program should he make bail, and that he follow a curfew, undergo a mental health evaluation, and have no contact with the girl.

Chase said Coffey faces three other charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault stemming from a similar incident with another girl in December. Chase said Coffey allegedly drove the girl to a “remote spot” in the city, encouraged her to drink alcohol, and threatened her. After the girl started screaming and having trouble breathing, Chase said Coffey allegedly took her to the emergency room.

“The victim (from the most recent charge) is even younger – it’s only been a month since the last incident,” Chase said, adding the previous charges were filed May 9.

Chase said the multiple charges support the basis for high bail.

Coffey’s attorney, Stephen Gagne, had no comment regarding the bail or the case Thursday.

Morrison agreed with her recommendations. If released, he said Coffey would be monitored, have a curfew between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and need to sign an extradition waiver.

“The defendant does pose a danger to the community,” Morrison said.

Each count of aggravated felonious sexual assault is a felony which could result in up to 10 to 30 years in prison.

Chase said the affidavit connected to the most recent charge had been sealed as it involves a juvenile and is part of an active investigation. She added she expects more charges to be filed in the case, but she referred inquiries to Dover Police.

Dover police Lt. Brant Dolleman said police continue to look into the matter. He said more charges could be filed.

“At this time the arrest is in the middle of the investigation,” Dolleman said. He said more information will be released in the future as the case progresses.

“I anticipate those affidavits will be unsealed,” Dolleman said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the Dover Police Department at 742-4646 or the Dover Crimeline at 749-6000. The Dover Crimeline may also be viewed online at www.dovernhcrimeline.org.


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