Suspect is ordered to appear in September

NASHUA – Contempt of court charges would be likely, a Superior Court judge wrote in a court order this week, if former Nashua man Jesse Heselton again refuses to be transported to Hillsborough County Superior Court-South to address one felony and one misdemeanor charge stemming from his March arrest.

Heselton, 38, last known address of 1 Rice Ave., is currently jailed in Merrimack County on other charges. However, on at least two occasions, he has allegedly opted to stay there when it came time to board the sheriff department’s van for transport to his court dates in Nashua.

When Heselton didn’t appear for Monday’s plea and sentencing hearing, Judge Charles Temple wrote the order that requires him to make the trip to Nashua for a newly rescheduled hearing on Sept. 3, or risk being held in contempt.

A search shows Heselton has been arrested in other New Hampshire jurisdictions on various charges, the current status of which isn’t known.

He listed an address in the Strafford County town of New Durham when he was charged in August 2012 with second-degree assault, simple assault and criminal threatening in connection with an alleged domestic assault.

In January 2014, Heselton, then living in Farmington, was indicted in Strafford County Superior Court on a second-degree assault charge, which accused him of strangling a woman about three months earlier.

And Heselton was arrested in Hampton in February 2017 for allegedly violating conditions of probation or parole, according to archived reports.

The Nashua charges, meanwhile, include one count each of possession of a controlled drug, Class B felony, and willful concealment, a Class A misdemeanor.

They accuse Heselton of possessing the drug buprenorphine on March 21 in Nashua, and filling his backpack with various items he allegedly stole from Ocean State Job Lot store at 300 Main St.

According to the arrest report, Heselton allegedly stole nine magnetic letters, a pair of pliers, and containers of body wash, face cleanser and body spray from the store.

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