Judge orders drug, mental health treatment for suspect arrested Monday
NASHUA – Shaun Doucette, the Nashua man with a history of drug arrests and convictions, and who is required to register as a sex offender stemming from a 2003 sex-assault case, was spared jail Tuesday on the condition he immediately seek treatment for mental health and drug use.
Doucette, 42, of 9 C St., Apt. B, was arrested Monday on a warrant Nashua police issued in April. He was booked on six felony charges, then jailed overnight pending a bail hearing, which took place Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.
Police said Tuesday that officers with the department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit apprehended Doucette Monday, along with a second suspect, Tamara Batchelder, 37, of 58 Temple St., Apt. 1.
The drug-related offenses with which Doucette was charged include two counts of sale of a controlled drug – cocaine, second offense; and one count each of sale of a controlled drug – crack cocaine, second offense, and possession of a controlled drug – acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, second offense.
He was also charged with two counts of registration of online identifiers, second offense, which accuse him of failing to update the state Sex Offender Registry with new personal information.
Batchelder, meanwhile, faces three counts of sale of a controlled drug – heroin. Police said she was booked on the charges and later released on bail pending arraignment, which has yet to be scheduled.
Police said the arrests were the result of a joint investigation of the department’s Narcotics Intelligence Division and its Special Investigations Division.
According to police reports and Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster, who prosecuted the case Tuesday, an SID detective was monitoring various social media platforms back in late March when he discovered a profile for Doucette, who, the detective determined, had allegedly failed to notify the registry he’d been using that site.
The detective also found “conversations” regarding drugs as he monitored the online activity, Harpster said.
With the assistance of an undercover police informant, detectives arranged to purchase cocaine from Doucette. The informant allegedly purchased cocaine from Doucette on March 27, and again on April 9. On April 11, Harpster said, Doucette allegedly sold the informant crack cocaine.
Doucette, a slight man said to have developmental disabilities and medical issues, had no funds to post for bail, his lawyer, Daniel Donadio, told Judge Charles Temple in asking for personal recognizance bail.
A client of Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, Doucette “wants treatment,” Donadio said, adding that he should see a doctor as soon as possible for a current health condition.
Doucette’s brother, one of two people close to Doucette who attended the hearing, told the court that if his brother is released, he could take him to a mobile crisis clinic for immediate assistance.
“We feel that’s the best course of action to address his substance abuse and mental health in the short term,” Donadio said.
Harpster, the prosecutor, had recommended Doucette be held on $10,000 cash or surety bail, but would likely agree to convert it to personal recognizance if Doucette entered, agreed to participate in and successfully complete, a drug treatment program.
Temple adopted the personal-recognizance bail request, ordering Doucette to report to a mobile crisis site as soon as he is released from custody, then seek medical attention for his current health problems.
Temple set a review hearing for Tuesday in the Nashua court.
Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, email@example.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.