SALEM — A suspect in a sexual assault at Wal-Mart in Plaistow last month faces another felony charge for a similar incident at a Salem store 18 months ago.
For nearly two years, police have sought an unidentified man who exposed himself to an 8-year-old at Wal-Mart on North Broadway.
But it took a high-profile sexual assault case — involving another young girl at Wal-Mart in Plaistow — to help them find their suspect.
Yesterday, Ronald Beausoleil, 33, of 972 Amesbury Road in Haverhill was arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem on a felony indecent exposure charge for an incident in September 2011.
Police didn’t have to go far to make an arrest — just Beausoleil’s jail cell at the Rockingham County House of Corrections in Brentwood.
Beausoleil was being held on charges he touched a 9-year-old girl in a sexual manner in the toy aisle of the Plaistow Wal-Mart on March 10. He also was charged with shoplifting spark plugs from the store and driving with a revoked license.
Beausoleil is a convicted Level 3 sex offender in Massachusetts.
His arrest in Plaistow attracted a lot of media attention. When Salem police Sgt. Thomas Kench happened to see a photo of Beausoleil taken from store surveillance footage, he realized it looked just like the suspect in the Salem Wal-Mart case.
In that case, Beausoleil allegedly approached an 8-year-old girl in a grocery aisle while she was playing hide-and-seek with her aunt, according to a police affidavit.
Beausoleil then touched and rubbed her shirt, asking her “Isn’t that nice?” three times, the affidavit said.
He then exposed himself, the girl told police. Beausoleil walked away.
Police had multiple potential suspects in the case, but weren’t able to solve it, Salem prosecutor Jason Grosky said.