Man in alleged sex case gets PR bail


NASHUA – A Superior Court judge Thursday granted a 46-year-old Epsom man personal recognizance bail following a brief hearing on a total of 13 charges, which stem from his arrest on allegations he solicited sex online from a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

Richard Dearborn, of 170 Lords Mill Road, discovered on Wednesday at about 2:45 p.m. that the “girl” with whom he’d been communicating for nearly two months was actually a Nashua police detective, according to court documents.

Police said members of the department’s Computer Forensic Unit, which is part of its Criminal Investigation Division, launched an investigation on Jan. 16 into “a male who was communicating with an individual he believed to be a child, about engaging in sexual contact,” according to police.

Dearborn allegedly agreed to meet the “girl” on Wednesday in Nashua, but when he arrived at Lincoln Park, presumably the agreed-upon location, members of the department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit approached his vehicle and took him into custody.

The charges include nine counts of indecent exposure and lewdness and two counts of certain uses of computer services prohibited, all felonies, and two counts of obscene material, misdemeanors, police said.

Judge Jacalyn Colburn granted Dearborn the personal recognizance bail, which the prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster, agreed to, on conditions that include signing a waiver of extradition, notify the court of any change of address, and have no contact with anyone under age 16.

Colburn scheduled a dispositional conference for May 7 in the Nashua court.

During their investigation, police said, Dearborn allegedly “transmitted multiple lewd and obscene photographs using various messaging applications,” and “eventually agreed to travel to Nashua to engage in sexual contact with the individual he believed to be a child.”

In a post arrest interview, police said Dearborn “made full admissions to transmitting the images and having conversations” online, but he also told police he had no plans “to go through with” the plan to have sex.

Dearborn called his alleged behavior “stupid,” police said, and chalked it up to being bored.

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