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Ex-Scoutmaster to plead guilty to sex assaults, agrees to 12-30 years

Union Leader Correspondent

June 19. 2018 10:55PM

BRENTWOOD — Former Scoutmaster Eugene Perreault plans to plead guilty to sexually assaulting four boys decades ago and has agreed to spend up to 30 years in prison, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Perreault, 70, of 369 Piscassic Road in Newfields, has filed an intent to plead guilty at Rockingham County Superior Court.

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar said Perreault will plead guilty to the charges against him on July 23 and will be sentenced to 12 to 30 years in prison, followed by suspended time.

Perreault was indicted last year on 17 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault or felonious sexual assault for allegedly molesting or engaging in sexual acts with boys as young as 5.

The indictments accused Perreault of sexually assaulting the first boy at his home in Newfields around January 1991.

The abuse allegedly continued with the same boy until September 1994.

Two others in the group were allegedly victimized over the course of several months in 1995. A fourth boy was also allegedly abused.

Prosecutors have alleged that the last assault ended in 2001.

The investigation began in October 2016 when the first alleged victim came forward. It has expanded since then and recently led to a fifth possible victim who went to Newfields police in March.

The man, now 37, claimed he was assaulted by Perreault when he was a Boy Scout in Epping years ago and that he never said anything at the time because he “didn’t want his family to feel guilty for making him go to scouting,” police wrote in a search warrant affidavit.

While the charges involve four alleged victims, Newfields police Lt. Michael Schwartz has said he believes there are more victims and he urged them to come forward.

The search warrant affidavit included apologies that Perreault had made.

“I need to tell you how deeply sorry I am for abusing you when you were a scout,” he wrote to one former scout.

Perreault also worked as a local bus driver and was Newfields health inspector at the time of his arrest.

Haggar said the Newfields Police Department worked extensively on the investigation and very closely with the alleged victims.

“It is hoped that the expectation of a guilty plea gives the victims a sense of closure in that this man is stating to the court that he is willing to take responsibility for the harm that he inflicted,” she said.

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