HAVERHILL — A New Hampshire man who police said lured a boy into his car near the public library and made sexual advances must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet for two years.
He must also register as a sex offender and stay away from children who are not members of his extended family.
Kevin Gaudette, 54, of Nashua pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. The plea, which allowed Gaudette to avoid a trial, happened before Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany.
Abany sentenced Gaudette to one year in the House of Correction, with 30 days to be served and the balance suspended to probation for two years. During that time, Gaudette must wear the electronic bracelet. He was also credited with time served. He had been held without bail since his arraignment on Jan. 28.
Abany also imposed the following conditions of release at Friday’s court hearing: That Gaudette receive sex offender counseling, have no contact with children under 16 except for nieces and nephews if allowed by family members, and that he remain drug and alcohol free.
The Essex District Attorney’s Office asked that Gaudette serve one year in the House of Correction, with 90 days to be served and the balance suspended for two years.
Gaudette was arraigned Jan. 28 after police charged him with making advances toward a 14-year-old boy at the public library.
Police said that on Dec. 31, Gaudette followed the boy around at the library and, at one point, invited the boy into his car. There, Gaudette made several attempts to touch the boy’s leg, but the boy moved away, police said. Gaudette then grabbed the boy’s genital area, police said. They said the boy was afraid Gaudette would drive away with him, so he politely said he was going back into the library and then got out of the car.
The boy told police that he returned to the teen section of the library and mentioned his encounter with Gaudette to a friend. The boy told police that a short time later Gaudette showed up again, sat down and continued to stare at him. After a while, the boy walked up to a library worker to tell him what was happening.
The boy told police that his actions may have spooked Gaudette into leaving.
The boy provided Haverhill police Detective Meaghan Buckley with a description of Gaudette, including his first name. Buckley contacted detectives in Nashua, who were able to identify Gaudette. Nashua police said they were familiar with Gaudette and that they have had dealings with him in the past, according to a police report.
Buckley was granted a warrant for Gaudette’s arrest. On Jan. 10, Nashua police arrested him on a fugitive from justice warrant. Gaudette initially refused to waive extradition, but on Jan. 27 he relented and was transported from New Hampshire to Haverhill, where he was booked at the Haverhill police station on the assault charge.