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January 29, 2014

Man held on charges of indecent assault on boy

Prosecutor: He has 'serious' criminal record

HAVERHILL — Police said a man who stalked a 14-year-old boy at the public library last month invited the boy into his car, where he talked about his family and his life.

While making small talk, the man made several attempts to touch the boy’s leg, but the boy moved away, police said. The man then grabbed the boy’s genital area, police said. They said the boy was afraid the man would drive away with him, so he politely told him he was going back into the library and then got out of the man’s car.

That story unfolded yesterday in Haverhill District Court, where Kevin Gaudette, 54, of Nashua, N.H., faced a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.

Judge Patricia Dowling ordered Gaudette held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Feb. 4. Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said Gaudette’s court appointed attorney, Ana Crnilovic, would be prepared to argue the case at that time.

DePaulo said Gaudette has a “serious” out-of-state criminal record.

According to police, on Dec. 31 about 9:30 a.m., a 14-year-old boy was reading a book in the teen section of the library when a man, who was later identified as Gaudette, picked up a Spider Man magazine and sat down nearby. The boy told police he thought it was “weird” to see a man sitting in the teen section.

Police said Gaudette stared at the boy for about a half hour, then followed him into the bathroom, where he continued to stare, but did not speak to the boy.

When the boy stepped outside the building to get some fresh air, Gaudette followed him, police said. The two began chatting and, after a few minutes, Gaudette invited the boy into his car, which was parked on Summer Street, saying it was cold outside and that he wanted to have a cigarette.

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