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Sanbornville man waives probable cause for sexual assault charges

January 13, 2011
WAKEFIELD — Anthony G. Elwell, 36, with a court listed address of 1 Witchtrot Road in Sanbornville, faces possible indictment on felony incest charges in Strafford County Superior Court in connection with three separate incidents of sexual assault that took place in July 2009 in Barrington.

Elwell waived his probable cause hearing Monday and will continue to be held on $100,000 cash bail at Strafford County Jail. Should he make bail, Elwell is ordered to stay at least 100 yards from the alleged victim and will have to wear a GPS monitoring device.

According to Strafford County Attorney, Thomas Velardi, Elwell is accused of sexually assaulting a minor that was related to him. The case was brought forward by Barrington Police with the assistance of NH State Police. The investigation began in 2009. Investigators confronted Elwell in mid-December 2010, at his Barrington residence with DNA evidence linking him to the assaults.

Velardi said when authorities came back to the residence on Dec. 30 with a warrant for his arrest, Elwell was gone. He was located at a residence in Berlin and arrested by police there, Velardi said, and was charged with the three felonies before his arraignment on Dec. 31.

Velardi said the alleged assault happened in Barrington and at the time of the investigation Elwell lived in Barrington, but the address listed on the original complaints is in Sanbornville. According to Wakefield Police Sgt. Brian King, his department was asked to help locate Elwell and his officers did go to the apartment at 1 Witchtrot Road but no one answered the door. They were unable to verify if Elwell did or had lived there.

Velardi said the court agreed to such a high bail because Elwell is considered a flight risk and has a history of flight-related occurrences including a prior bail-jumping charge and a violation of probation charge in Florida stemming from charges unrelated to this alleged crime.

Martin Lord & Osman
Salmon Press
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