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Former Nashua court officer charged with sexual assault on child awaits probable cause hearing

MERRIMACK – The alleged incidents of sexual assault on a young girl for which 72-year-old Superior Court officer David S. Morse was arrested Monday reportedly began in November 2010, around the time the girl turned 6, according to documents filed in Merrimack district court.

Morse, an officer for 12 years at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua who was terminated Tuesday by county Sheriff James Hardy, has been held on $100,000 cash or corporate surety bail since his Tuesday arraignment on three counts of aggravated felonious assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault. ...

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MERRIMACK – The alleged incidents of sexual assault on a young girl for which 72-year-old Superior Court officer David S. Morse was arrested Monday reportedly began in November 2010, around the time the girl turned 6, according to documents filed in Merrimack district court.

Morse, an officer for 12 years at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua who was terminated Tuesday by county Sheriff James Hardy, has been held on $100,000 cash or corporate surety bail since his Tuesday arraignment on three counts of aggravated felonious assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault.

He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at the Merrimack court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said Tuesday that they continue to investigate the case, and could level additional charges against Morse, who lives at 18 Highland Green with his wife, according to documents.

The alleged assaults, which police said occurred between November 2010 and July 1, took place at Morse’s home, documents state.

Merrimack police said he was arrested on a warrant, declining to specify where he was arrested except to say it didn’t take place at his home. They did say Nashua police assisted Merrimack officers with the arrest.

Following Morse’s arraignment, the court granted a request by Merrimack police prosecutor Melissa Kowalewski to seal the contents of the arrest warrant and related affidavits, saying that premature release of the information could jeopardize the case and the safety and welfare of the victim.

Merrimack police Lt. Denise Roy said that police launched the investigation into Morse a little over a week ago, when they learned of the alleged assaults. Officers and detectives gathered information over the next few days, leading to the issuance of the warrant and Morse’s subsequent arrest.

Court documents state that Morse, who lived on Syracuse Road in Nashua for a number of years before moving to Merrimack about a decade ago, has retained Merrimack attorney Robert Bartis.

Morse worked for the B&M Railroad at its Billerica, Mass., terminal for 40 years. He began work as a court officer in May 2002.

Should Morse make bail, he is ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, not be alone with any child under age 18, not leave New Hampshire, and not possess firearms or use alcohol or illegal drugs, documents state. They also state that a temporary protection order remain in effect.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).