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September 25. 2013 5:59PM

Prosecutors move to revoke bail of former Hampton man charged in sex assault


COREY FERLAND (COURTESY)

BRENTWOOD — A judge is being asked to revoke the bail of a former Hampton man charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Newmarket while awaiting trial on charges of manufacturing and possessing child pornography.

Corey Ferland, 20, was arrested by Newmarket police Sept. 13 on charges of felonious sexual assault and sale of a controlled drug.

Prosecutors asked a judge to prevent Ferland from being released from county jail pending his trial in Rockingham County Superior Court on charges of manufacturing child pornography.

Ferland came to the attention of Newmarket police when the girl spoke with a police officer on Sept. 11.

The girl told police that she met Ferland around 1 a.m. on Sept. 8 and had a sexual encounter.

She and Ferland decided to meet at a local bus stop while communicating through Pinger, a text messaging service used on computers, according to a police affidavit.

The sexual encounter happened at a baseball park off of Elm Street, according to police. Ferland also allegedly gave the girl marijuana to smoke while at the park.

A circuit court judge set Ferland’s bail at $50,000 cash following his arraignment in the sexual assault case.

Prosecutors say that Ferland’s latest arrest violated his bail conditions.

Ferland was indicted in the Hampton case in June.

In the Hampton case, Ferland is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend to her father.

A grand jury charged him with four counts of distribution of child sex abuse images, two counts of manufacturing child sex abuse images and two counts of possession of child sex abuse images.

Hampton police said they arrested Ferland on Feb. 20 while executing a search warrant at his home.

He was arrested for allegedly violating a protective order in addition to the child pornography charges.

A conviction for manufacture of child sexual abuse images carries a state prison sentence of up to 15 to 30 years behind bars.

Ferland could also face 10 to 20 years in state prison on each of the distribution and possession charges, according to the indictments.

The investigation was led by Hampton police with assistance from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

jkimble@newstote.com


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