Judge adjusts man’s bail, encourages treatment

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup A court officer escorts Hudson resident Eric Magnussen into court Wednesday for a bail hearing on the three domestic violence-related assault charges on which he was arrested Tuesday. His attorney, public defender Ryan Guptill, sits at the defense table in the foreground.

NASHUA – The intimate partner of 38-year-old Hudson resident Eric Magnussen pleaded tearfully with a Superior Court judge Wednesday to lower Magnussen’s $50,000 bail, saying she has no fear of him and “just wants him to come home and get treatment.”

The woman spoke briefly at the bail hearing for Magnussen, of 26 Winslow Farm Road, who was charged Tuesday with three counts of simple assault – domestic violence, one of which is a Class B felony due to his conviction in 2017 on the charge of violating a court protective order.

Magnussen, represented by Attorney Ryan Guptill on Wednesday, entered not guilty pleas to the charges and waived formal arraignment, but chose to appear before Judge Charles Temple to address the issue of bail.

Temple agreed to modify the bail from $50,000 cash only to $50,000 cash or surety, telling Magnussen that if he is able to post bail, that he promptly apply to a substance abuse treatment program.

He is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and otherwise remain on good behavior.

Guptill had asked Temple for $10,000 cash or surety bail, pointing out his client has no history of failing to appear in court.

Regarding the state’s position that Magnussen would present a danger to the alleged victim and to the community if released, Guptill said most, if not all, of his client’s previous brushes with the law can be traced to his history of substance abuse issues.

But Assistant county Attorney Cassie Devine argued that Magnussen does present a danger, noting he has two deferred district court sentences pending and was previously arrested for burglary.

“He’s a danger … because he doesn’t comply,” Devine said, referring to criminal bail protective orders filed against him.

Hudson police said in their reports that officers were called shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday to the Winslow Farm Road address for a reported domestic disturbance, but upon arrival found nobody home.

When officers, who said they know Magnussen “from previous arrests,” contacted him by phone, he told them “there was a verbal argument … and that was all,” according to their reports.

They later met with the alleged victim, who also said the two had a verbal argument, and when she decided to leave she discovered Magnussen had allegedly “thrown the children’s bicycles behind her vehicle,” police wrote.

When she got out to move them, she told police, Magnussen allegedly “grabbed her, hugging her tightly.” She told police she “made a comment to Magnussen about detoxing from heroin,” the reports state, at which time he allegedly pushed her away, turned around and kicked her in the chest … (and) struck her in the face using the back of his hand.”

Officers subsequently took Magnussen into custody, police added.

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