Nashuan accused of sexual assault

Nashua police photo Jason Warren, 18, of 26A Cedar St., Nashua

NASHUA – An 18-year-old Nashua man scheduled to begin his senior year of high school next week is instead in jail on $10,000 cash or surety bail, the result of allegations that he attempted to sexually assault a young teen during a sleepover at her home.

Jason Warren, of 26A Cedar St., faces one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault, on which he was arrested Saturday night following a several-hour police investigation into a report by a relative of the 13-year-old alleged victim, according to police and court documents.

Warren, during his arraignment and bail hearing Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South, entered a not guilty plea to the charge. Through his attorney, public defender Sarah Amorin, Warren asked Judge Jacalyn Colburn to modify his original $50,000 cash bail to personal recognizance.

Colburn, after hearing from Amorin and First Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, modified Warren’s bail to $10,000 cash or surety. He is next due in court at 9 a.m. Oct. 31 for a dispositional conference.

Amorin on Monday cited Warren’s lack of an adult criminal record or, to her knowledge, any pending juvenile matters, in asking for PR bail.

“It’s the first time he’s been in jail … he spent the weekend there,” she said. “It’s an experience he never wants to repeat,” she said.

If granted personal recognizance bail, Warren would continue to live with his father, would agree to a nightly curfew and would agree to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18, Amorin told Colburn.

Smith, however, argued that Warren’s bail should remain the same, in part given the “troubling” nature of the alleged crime.

Also, “crimes of this nature very rarely have a witness,” Smith told Colburn. “But this one has a witness, who corroborates the (alleged) victim’s account.”

Meanwhile, the relative, who is the alleged victim’s legal guardian, reported the allegations to police shortly after noon Saturday, police said in their reports.

She told detectives that the girl’s mother, at whose Nashua home the sleepover took place, said when she walked into the living room to check on the four sleeping teens, she allegedly saw Warren kneeling next to the couch on which the alleged victim was sleeping.

The mother, who said she noticed the girl’s underwear and shorts had been pulled down, said she yelled at Warren, describing him as “frantic.” He immediately covered himself with a blanket, she told police, according to the reports.

The girl, meanwhile, told police she awoke to her mother “screaming at Jason to get away” from her. She then noticed her pants and shorts were pulled down, but told police she didn’t know if Warren pulled them down because she was asleep at the time.

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