BRENTWOOD — For years, Ronald Beausoleil scoured school grounds and store aisles, looking for young girls he could sexually assault.
But for the next 15 to 30 years, the 33-year-old Haverhill man will be in a prison cell far from his stalking grounds.
Beausoleil, also a registered sex offender in Massachusetts, was sentenced yesterday in Rockingham Superior Court for touching a 9-year-old girl in a sexual manner at Walmart in Plaistow in March.
The sentence handed down by Judge N. William Delker comes only a week after the self-employed contractor and father of two pleaded guilty to touching an 8-year-old girl at Walmart in Salem, N.H., in September 2011 and then exposing himself.
That plea came just as his trial was to begin Jan.14. Beausoleil decided to plead guilty in exchange for a suspended sentence of three and a half to seven years.
The families of both young victims were in the courtroom yesterday as Delker told Beausoleil he must be severely punished for his crimes. Delker also scolded Beausoleil for not taking full advantage of sexual offender treatment.
Beausoleil, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, appeared nervous as he sat before the judge along with his attorney, Robert Watkins. He stared at the table in front of him as Delker spoke.
“It does not take a psychologist to recognize you are the very definition of a sexual predator,” Delker said. “Again and again, you victimized the most vulnerable members of society.”
Beausoleil’s criminal record dates back to 1998 when he was charged and later convicted of sexually assaulting his 5-year-old neighbor, according to Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Haggar.
Beausoleil’s mother said he even sexually assaulted three young family members, Haggar said. He would also seek out young girls outside elementary schools, his mother said.
“He targets these little girls and assaults these girls, forever changing their lives,” Haggar said. “What the court can do is stop him from doing something like this for at least 15 years.”