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Londonderry man waives hearing in sex assault case

Union Leader Correspondent

February 18. 2014 8:31PM

LONDONDERRY — A Londonderry man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his step-niece waived his probable cause hearing in Derry District Court Tuesday morning.

Christopher Plummer, 49, of Cross Road, has been held at Rockingham County Jail since being arrested on a warrant at his home Feb. 11.

Plummer faces three charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault/statutory rape.

Wearing orange prison scrubs and shackles, Plummer, accompanied by his attorney, George Campbell, appeared before Judge Lucinda Sadler shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, where he waived his probable cause hearing. Plummer sat silently in the courtroom, his eyes downcast.

A trial date has not yet been set.

Judge Sadler agreed to modify Plummer’s bail conditions, changing the $25,000 cash bail to $25,000 cash or surety bail.

The judge ordered Plummer to have no contact with the victim as he awaits trial and to wear an electronic monitoring device and avoid consuming alcohol should he post bail in the meantime.

Campbell, who didn’t comment further on the case, said Plummer has no prior criminal record.

Londonderry Police Detective Chris Olson said Plummer had been under investigation since August, when a teenaged female victim, who is not a biological relative, reported him to police.

The victim alleged that Plummer assaulted her on multiple occasions when she was between the ages of 6 and 12, police said.

Plummer is accused of entering the victim’s bedroom when she was sleeping inside a Londonderry residence and sexually assaulting her. Police said the victim was 10 years old when the assault occurred.

Olson said Plummer could ultimately face similar charges in other communities.

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