BRENTWOOD — A sex offender from Massachusetts will have two separate trials on charges that he went into Walmart stores in Plaistow and Salem, and allegedly exposed himself to a young girl and sexually assaulted another between 2011 and March 2013.
A judge set the separate trial dates for Ronald Beausoleil, 33, of Haverhill, Mass., last week after briefly meeting with prosecutors and public defenders.
Beausoleil was arrested March 10, the day after the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl at the Wal-Mart in Plaistow.
Salem police charged Beausoleil weeks later with indecent exposure for an unsolved incident that happened in their town on Sept. 19, 2011.
Beausoleil will first go on trial in the Salem case for allegedly exposing himself to a young girl. The suspect fled before police arrived at the store. The trial in that case is set for the week of Oct. 21 in Rockingham County Superior Court.
The trial in the Plaistow case starts the week of Nov. 18. He faces charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault and accomplice to theft by unauthorized taking in the Plaistow case.
He is accused of grabbing the girl’s genital area in the toy department, while her parents had lost sight of her for a moment.
Beausoleil apparently isn’t happy with the legal strategy.
In a letter to a judge filed Monday, he asked for a new court-appointed attorney. Beausoleil complained that he wanted the trials set in the opposite order “for obvious reasons” and expressed an interest in seeking a plea agreement on the theft charge.
Beausoleil is listed as a Level 3 offender with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry. He has a 1999 conviction for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age. In 2007, he was convicted of attempted open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior. He is being held on $60,000 bail at the Rockingham County jail.