Nashuan arraigned in felony assault

Photo by NASHUA POLICE Sean McCullough, age 31, of Nashua

NASHUA – The public defender for the Nashua man charged with felony domestic assault upon a female acquaintance early Monday morning asked a Superior Court judge for personal recognizance bail for his client, citing his lack of both a criminal record and bail funds.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before,” Attorney Daniel Donadio told Judge Charles Temple, referring to the second-degree assault charge Sean McCullough, 31, faces for allegedly strangling the woman while she was holding a two-year-old child.

McCullough, whose address police didn’t provide, is willing to pursue mental health treatment to address issues “that haven’t been addressed before,” Donadio said.

But citing the nature of the alleged assault, and noting the presence of a young child at the time, Temple ordered McCullough held on preventive detention – but left open the possibility he’d consider personal recognizance bail if McCullough entered a treatment program and provided proof to the court.

Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster recommended that the bail order include stipulations that if, and when, McCullough is released from jail, he be ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, live locally with family members and remain on good behavior.

Police said in their reports that officers were called to a residence just south of the downtown area by a person reporting a domestic assault had just occurred.

The alleged victim told police the suspect, whom they identified as McCullough, assaulted her, allegedly “strangling her to the point she felt her breathing was impeded,” the report states.

Police said she sustained minor physical injuries.

McCullough is next due in court at 8:45 a.m. Friday for an evidentiary hearing.

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