Nashuan charged with sexually assaulting young girl for years

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup A court officer escorts Cleve Wilmot into court Monday for his bail hearing on a charge that accuses him of having sex with an underage girl for several years. He was ordered held on $5,000 cash or surety bail.

NASHUA – Shortly after she arrived at school Friday morning, a Nashua High School South freshman approached a school resource officer with daunting allegations: a man known to her, she told the officer, had been having sex with her since she was in fifth grade.

Before the day was out, police had interviewed, and subsequently arrested, Cleve V. Wilmot, a 48-year-old resident of Congress Street, on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault – pattern, a special felony that accuses Wilmot of engaging in sexual acts with the girl on more than one occasion between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 1.

In his post-arrest interview, police said, Wilmot repeatedly denied having sex with the girl, at one point allegedly “telling the detectives they are lying” before announcing he was finished talking, according to police reports.

After spending the weekend in jail on $5,000 cash or surety bail, Wilmot on Monday entered a not guilty plea and waived formal arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.

A bail hearing was held, however, at which public defender Sarah Amorin, representing Wilmot, asked Judge Jacalyn Colburn for personal recognizance bail for her client, citing his health as one of the reasons for her request.

Wilmot suffers from neuropathy and diabetes, medication for which, Amorin said, he would be very unlikely to get in jail.

“Certainly, these are very serious allegations,” she said, “but Mr. Wilmot has repeatedly denied” them. Amorin told the court her client has “a very minimal criminal history,” and is not a flight risk. “He intends on fighting these charges,” she added.

Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster, representing the state, called the allegations “a grave concern to the state” in asking Colburn to continue Wilmot’s $5,000 cash or surety bail.

Harpster cited allegations that Wilmot also sexually assaulted the girl’s sister, and that he allegedly “taught” them certain sex acts.

In executing a search warrant on the residence where Wilmot, his now former girlfriend and the girls lived, police located evidence including sex toys, condoms and pornographic videos, according to Harpster.

Colburn adopted Harpster’s bail recommendation, citing the severity of the charges and the fact Wilmot no longer has a local address.

She also ordered Wilmot, if he does make bail, to have no contact with the two girls and their mother, and that he sign a waiver of extradition.

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