Manchester Crimewatch: Sex offender, 73, gets bail on failing to report charge
MANCHESTER — A 73-year-old sex offender who missed his required quarterly registration in August at the Manchester Police Department was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of duty to report.
Wesley Searles, of 405 Valley St., could enter no plea to the charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 28.
A police prosecutor successfully sought $1,000 cash/surety bail for Searles. He had been convicted of felonious sexual assault in Hillsborough County and aggravated felonious sexual assault in Belknap County.
Failure to appear charged
William Geldart, 68, of 140 Central St., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a new charge of resisting arrest and a criminal trespass charge for which he had failed to appear Aug. 7.
Court documents show Officer Daniel Whelan reported he was on patrol Thursday when he noticed a group of children playing on Litchfield Lane, west of Beech Street, at 7:30 p.m.
He said he noticed Geldart sitting on steps, with a carriage full of aluminum cans, and asked what Geldart was doing.
“Watching the kids,” was the response, but when Whalen asked if he lived there, Geldart said “no.”
Whelan said he checked Geldart’s name and learned there was a bench warrant for Geldart’s arrest because he had failed to appear in Circuit Court on a July 11 a criminal trespass charge that alleges he was at the City Library, 405 Pine St., despite being trespassed from the library.
Whalen reported Geldart accused him of lying and “making it up.” Whalen said he told Geldart he was under arrest and told him to stand up. When he did, Whalen noticed Geldart had been sitting on paperwork and said he would get it for him after Geldart was handcuffed.
The court documents show Whalen reported Geldaret grabbed at the paperwork anyway and pulled his arm away from Whalen, ultimately resulting in Whalen applying what he called an arm bar take down.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier sought to keep the $200 cash/surety set by the bail commissioner, but Geldart told Judge William Lyons he didn’t think he had that much in his account and wouldn’t be getting his Social Security check until Wednesday.
Lyons set bail at $100 cash/surety, with conditions barring Geldart from the City Library and the S. Main St. branch. Trial on both charges was set for Sept. 17.