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Allegations of thefts, failures to appear land former Nashua man in jail

NASHUA – William Mejia Delisle, a 26-year-old former Nashua man most recently living in Manchester, should be held on $25,000 cash-only bail, a county prosecutor said this week, because he “has many convictions” and presents “an absolute flight risk.”

That risk, Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster told a Superior Court judge, is compounded because at least one of the failure-to-appear charges accuses Delisle of “absconding from Hillsborough North drug court.”

He also allegedly has three outstanding arrest warrants pending from three separate Massachusetts cities, Harpster added.

Judge Jacalyn Colburn questioned Harpster about his high-bail request at the outset of Delisle’s bail hearing, which took place Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.

Delisle, according to Harpster, was due for arraignment and a bail hearing in Hillsborough North on Tuesday, but Harpster didn’t specify if the appearance was tied to the allegations he absconded from North’s drug court.

Currently carrying 14 default charges on his record, according to Harpster, Delisle also has pending cases dating back to 2017 in Quincy, Natick and Wrentham courts in Massachusetts.

The charges he faces in Wrentham include 12 counts of receiving stolen property, Harpster said.

Among Delisle’s recent arrests are a February incident in which he was charged with trying to steal clothing from J.C. Penney in Nashua, and a May 2018 arrest in Merrimack on similar theft allegations that involved several stores at the Merrimack Premium Outlets mall, police said at the time.

Delisle was also charged with one count each of false report to law enforcement, accusing him of giving police a false date of birth, and indecent exposure, for allegedly exposing his genitals while asking to try on pants at the mall’s Zumiez store.

Attorney Paul Borchardt, a public defender who represented Delisle on Monday, said his client stopped using drugs around the beginning of August in hopes of “getting himself in better condition before turning himself in.”

Delisle had been “doing very well the last month or so,” Borchardt said.

Still, Colburn, the judge, adopted the prosecution’s request of $25,000 cash bail, which she called “appropriate, given (Delisle’s) record.”

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