The incident at Walmart in Plaistow occurred after the 9-year-old girl wandered away from her mother in the toy aisle. The child, who did not attend the sentencing but testified at Beausoleil’s trial in November, told police she was approached by a man who touched her “privates.”
She pushed the man away and went to get help. She spoke to the store manager, who called police and reunited the child with her mother. Store surveillance video showed Beausoleil fleeing Walmart.
While at the store, Beausoleil was helping a woman steal merchandise, including spark plugs. The 15- to 30-year sentence included serving one and half to three years for the theft and paying the store $489 in restitution.
After the store surveillance video was released to the media, Salem police realized it was the same man they were seeking in their indecent exposure case. The victim then picked Beausoleil from a photo lineup.”
The victim, now 10, sat in the front row of the courtroom yesterday with her aunt and the father of the young girl in the Plaistow case. She had been playing hide-and-seek with her aunt in the store when Beausoleil approached her, repeatedly touched her shirt and exposed himself.
Last week, she spoke about the incident in court.
“This affected me,” the child said. “I will always have an image in my head.”
Her aunt and the other victim’s father said 15 to 30 years in prison wasn’t enough.
“The guy is totally a monster and I think he should get the maximum sentence,” the aunt said.
The father agreed.
“That’s not nearly enough the time to remove this individual from the community,” he said. “He has been a monster. He needs to be removed from society, your honor. We don’t want this to happen to us again or any other families.”