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Official charged with indecent exposure; newly re-elected despite felony for historical society theft

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

March 17. 2018 9:32AM
Merton Mann 



DUNBARTON — A Dunbarton man and former town cemetery trustee was arrested Friday and charged with felony indecent exposure and prohibited uses of his computer.

Merton Mann, 74, was apprehended at his School Street apartment Friday morning following an investigation by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Dunbarton Police Sgt. Chris Remillard and Detective Laura Cattabriaga are investigating the matter.

Mann was being held in the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen pending an arraignment Monday in Merrimack County Superior Court.

A former selectman, Mann in 2013 was indicted and later convicted on a felony theft charge regarding money that was taken over a 4-year period from the Dunbarton Historical Society.

Police had accused Mann, who was the longtime treasurer of the historical group, of issuing checks to himself and putting more than $15,000 in cash into his personal account.

Earlier this week, Mann was re-elected to a 3-year term on the Dunbarton Cemetery Board of Trustees. He ran unopposed.

But in 2016 town officials removed him from that position due to his felony conviction that barred him from holding any local position until May 2019 or until he repaid $14,500 in restitution.

Mann’s public service career included serving in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and also working as a constituent service aide to former U.S. Rep. Chuck Douglas.

He worked on many political campaigns for state and federal Republican candidates in New Hampshire as well.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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