Two local men fail to register as sex offenders

NASHUA – Detectives with the Nashua police Special Investigations Division arrested two men within a half-hour Wednesday afternoon on similar charges that accuse each of failing to comply with certain requirements of the state’s Sex Offender Registry, police said.

Taken into custody at 5:16 p.m. was Emmanuel Vazquez, 24, of 65 Belmont Drive in Merrimack, who was charged with two counts of registration of online identifiers, and one count of duty to inform, all Class B felonies.

Then at 5:40 p.m., detectives arrested Arthur Fontaine, 76, of 25 Morgan St., Apt. 210, Nashua, on a charge of duty to report, also a Class B felony.

Both men were arrested on previously issued warrants, police said.

In Vazquez’s case, police said an investigation determined that a convicted sex offender sent a Facebook message to a juvenile in Nashua, using an online identifier, or account, that he allegedly hadn’t listed with registry officials.

The investigation revealed that the suspect, later identified as Vazquez, also allegedly used a second online identifier he hadn’t registered, police said.

Detectives also determined that Vazquez allegedly failed to notify registry officials that he no longer lives at the Nashua address on record with the registry.

Police said Vazquez is required to register semi-annually as a Tier II Sex Offender for the remainder of his life, the result of his conviction on two counts of sexual assault in March 2014 at Hillsborough County superior Court South.

Vazquez was booked and later released on $300 cash bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Feb. 15 in the Nashua court.

As for Fontaine, police said detectives discovered that a convicted sex offender, later identified as Fontaine, allegedly failed to complete his required semi-annual registration with registry officials.

Once detectives verified the allegations, a warrant was issued for Fontaine’s arrest.

Fontaine is required to register with state registry officials twice a year for life, the result of his March 1994 conviction in Nashua district court on a charge of sexual assault, police said.

He was booked and later released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail pending arraignment, which is set for Feb. 15 in Superior Court.

Police ask that anyone with any information on non-compliant sex offenders living in Nashua contact the department at 594-3500.

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