School official to plead guilty to domestic-related charges

NASHUA – Hudson School Board member Benjamin J. Nadeau, facing charges of domestic assault and violating court protective orders, has indicated his intention to enter guilty pleas as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Nashua district court documents show that Nadeau, 41, formerly of 71 Kimball Hill Road, is scheduled to appear in court at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, March 29, for a plea and sentencing hearing.

Judge James Leary approved the parties’ agreement to continue the case to the March 29 hearing. The agreement is dated Feb. 15, the same day Nadeau was scheduled for a pre-trial conference.

The terms of the agreement weren’t immediately available. Attorney Jeffrey Odlund, a public defender, is representing Nadeau.

The five charges against Nadeau stem from two separate arrests, the first on Nov. 28 and the second on Jan. 15.

He was initially charged with one count each of reckless conduct and domestic violence, which accuse him of smashing a glass bowl and injuring the woman by lunging at her and falling on her during an alleged domestic disturbance at 71 Kimball Hill Road in Hudson.

The victim lives at that address, as did Nadeau, until his arrest. He currently resides with his father, Robert Nadeau, elsewhere in Hudson, but has also spent time in Valley Street jail.

On Jan. 15, police charged Nadeau with two counts of violating a domestic violence order of protection and one count of breach of bail conditions, which accuse him of utilizing a third party to contact the woman he is prohibited from contacting, and of violating the provision of his bail that prohibits him from consuming alcohol.

The alleged victim, a 44-year-old former member of Nadeau’s household, called police to report that Nadeau had contacted her through a third party, according to police reports.

Police said the order of protection, which was issued to the victim and delivered to her on Jan. 5, prohibits Nadeau from contacting her in any fashion, including through third parties.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS.