Man arrested after alleged lewd behavior

NASHUA – Although 41-year-old Aaron Patnaude had no criminal history until his arrest Tuesday on lewdness charges, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday set bail at $25,000 cash-only, citing the court’s belief that Patnaude is a danger both to himself and others.

Judge Charles Temple based his decision on police affidavits, in which the officers who arrested Patnaude at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday described him as under the influence of some type of substance when they arrived at his Nashua home.

They had been called by a member of Patnaude’s family, who, according to their reports, told police she was told by a teenage girl that Patnaude performed lewd acts in her presence in a shed behind his home.

Senior Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, who represented the state at Patnaude’s bail hearing, said Patnaude had taken an overdose of pills in what was described as a suicide attempt.

Police said due to Patnaude’s condition, they had him transported to a local hospital for treatment. They later arrested him at the hospital on one count each of indecent exposure and lewdness, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The latter charge accuses Patnaude of violating his duty to care for a 5-year-old child, who was in his care at the time he overdosed, the reports state.

Police said the person who reported the alleged lewdness told police she confronted Patnaude about the allegations, and that he allegedly admitted to them.

When officers later interviewed Patnaude, they said he initially denied the allegations, suggesting that he may have “scratched himself in the groin area” and that the girl may have misconstrued what she thought she saw.

But, according to police, he eventually admitted to the allegations.

In setting Patnaude’s bail, Temple said he “finds by clear and convincing evidence that restrictive conditions are warranted,” including high bail, because “the defendant is a danger to himself and to the public.”

Temple added that Patnaude, who was represented Wednesday by public defender Sarah Amorin, may request an evidentiary hearing.

His next court appearance, a dispositional hearing, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Nashua court.

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