Registered Sex Offender Arrested in NH for Sexually Assaulting Child - NECN
New Hampshire

New Hampshire

The latest news from around the state

Registered Sex Offender Arrested in NH for Sexually Assaulting Child

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Registered Sex Offender Accused of Child Sex Assault

    John Lessor, 64, of Concord, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018)

    A registered sex offender from New Hampshire has been arrested on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a young child whose parent he had befriended.

    John Lessor, 64, of Concord, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

    Police said detectives began an investigation last week after being contacted by officials at the Merrimack Valley School District. Officials there told police that members of the community said Lessor had been spending a lot of time with a particular child to whom he was not related. Authorities said some of that time was unsupervised.

    After learning Lessor was a registered sex offender, school officials were notified and they contacted police.

    New Study Says Beards are 'Dirtier' Than Dogs

    [NATL] New Study Says Beards are 'Dirtier' Than Dogs

    A recent study suggests that a man's beard contains more germs than a dog's fur. All 18 men's beards studied by researchers at Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic had higher levels of bacteria in them, compared to only 23 out of 30 dogs. Some beards had so much beard bacteria the men could get sick, the study says.

    (Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019)

    Through an investigation, authorities said Lessor had sexually assaulted the victim over a period of time and that the assaults were ongoing.

    An arrest warrant was issued and Lessor was taken into custody without incident. 

    Jetta Bernier of the Boston-based child advocacy organization MassKids says two thirds of situations involve people similar to this, people who befriend children, who are known and in the parents circle of acquaintances.

    She urges parents to look at people’s behaviors.

    Concord police are also crediting citizens with coming forward with the information, and say because of that, a dangerous person is now in custody.

    This investigation is ongoing and police say additional charges could be forthcoming.

    Lessor is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court at 1 p.m. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android