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August 9, 2013

Police: Suspect admitted trying for lewd photo of girl

Has taken cell phone photos of other females, report says


Police charged Hager with attempted indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, attempted posing of a child for a sexual act, and attempted photographing or electronic surveilling of a partially nude person.

Hager, a Newburyport native, was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Haverhill District Court where Judge Patricia Dowling ordered him held on $10,000 cash bail.

The judge said that Hager posts bail, he will be under 24-hour house arrest, will be connected to an electronic monitoring device and must have an electronic alcohol-monitoring device in his home. He must stay away from people under the age of 18 and not go online or use computers, smart phones or similar devices that connect to the Internet, according to the order. He must also report to probation within 24 hours of his release and must remain drug and alcohol free.

The judge also issued Hager a 60-day warning, meaning if he is charged with another offense while his case is pending he could be ordered held for up to 60 days without bail.

During the arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Sholds asked that Hager be held on $25,000 cash bail. Referring to Hager’s criminal record, Sholds said Hager was found guilty in 1998 of operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, and that he also was convicted on a charge of possession of a Class D substance. Sholds said a 1996 charge of operating under the influence was continued without a finding.

Hager’s defense lawyer, Pamela Rogers, argued for lower bail, saying he is not a risk to flee and that he has family ties to the area. Rogers said Hager has lived in Haverhill for the past 12 years in a home his brother owns. She said he’s been employed at the Shaw’s supermarket in North Hampton, N.H., for one year, but has been with the Shaw’s organization for 14 years.

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