Trial date set in sex-assault case

NASHUA – The sexual-assault case of Gerard J. Michaud, the longtime Brookline man indicted in August on charges alleging he molested a young man over several months, has been tentatively scheduled for trial in April.

The so-called “trial track” document filed earlier this month in Hillsborough County Superior Court South also notes that the court is expected to schedule hearings in limine – at which attorneys ask for a judge’s ruling on whether certain evidence should be admitted or excluded at trial – as well as review, and possibly amend, some of the charges against Michaud.

At the time of his indictment, Michaud, 73, of 40 Main St., faced 18 Class A misdemeanor charges stemming from accusations he sexually assaulted the alleged victim at Michaud’s Brookline home on numerous occasions between March 1 and July 31, 2016.

Michaud, a registered sex offender for 29 years, waived his right to a speedy trial earlier this month, meaning he has no objection to allowing his case to continue beyond the generally accepted “speedy trial time limit” of 90 days for incarcerated suspects and 180 days for those free on bail.

Judge Charles Temple, who is presiding over Michaud’s case, tentatively scheduled the start of trial for April 16, 2018.

According to the indictments, Michaud is accused of accosting the alleged victim, described only as older than age 13, by “sticking his hand down (the man’s) pants and fondling his penis” without consent, and despite the man’s attempts “to back away or push Michaud’s hand away.”

The man told authorities that the alleged incidents alternately took place in Michaud’s bedroom, his kitchen and in a camper parked on the property.

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