June 21, 2018
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Canaan man indicted after allegedly sexually assaulting disabled woman

By Foster's Daily Democrat,

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A Maine man has been indicted on charges he sexually assaulted a woman with a disability in Portsmouth.

Paul Fierley, 50, is accused of engaging in two forms of sexual contact with the victim, who has a disability that renders her incapable of freely deciding to participate in sexual conduct, according to court documents. The incident allegedly took place in November 2012.

Prosecutors say Fierley knew, or had reason to know, that the woman had a disability.

Fierley, of 66 Browns Corner Road in Canaan, Maine, was arrested by Portsmouth police in February 2013. He was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail, and remains incarcerated at the Rockingham County House of Corrections.

A grand jury handed up two indictments on special felony charges earlier this month. Fierley faces potential prison sentences of between 10 and 20 years on each charge.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it signifies a jury found there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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