Judge says suspect in sex crimes involving young girls in Salem and Plaistow can fire his state-paid lawyer
BRENTWOOD — A judge has appointed a new lawyer for a Massachusetts sex offender slated for two trials this fall on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl at a Walmart in Plaistow, and exposed himself to another girl two years earlier at a Walmart in Salem.
Ronald Beausoleil, 34, of Haverhill, Mass. complained that he could no longer communicate with his public defender and didn't agree on his proposed trial strategy.
Judge N. William Delker agreed to give Beausoleil a new court-appointed lawyer to replace his public defender, but kept his two trials slated for October and November.
Along with changing lawyers, Delker also allowed Beausoleil to switch the order that the trials will happen, according to court records.
Beausoleil's first trial on the Plaistow charges begins the week of Oct. 21 in Rockingham County Superior Court.
The trial on the Salem charges — which accuses him of exposing himself to a young girl — starts the week of Nov. 18.
The cases against Beausoleil began to unfold on the night of March 10 when a deputy sheriff arrested him as he was sitting in his car outside the Walmart in Plaistow.
A 9-year-old girl had been touched by a man inside the store a day earlier while she was in the store's toy department, according to police.
Beausoleil was charged in the Plaistow case, and weeks later arrested by Salem police for exposing himself to a young girl at a Walmart in their town on Sept. 19, 2011. The Salem case had no suspect until Beausoleil's arrest earlier this year.
He was indicted for the Plaistow case on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault and accomplice to theft by unauthorized taking.
He faces a felony indecent exposure charge for the Salem incident.
Beausoleil is listed as a Level 3 offender with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry. He has a 1999 conviction for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age.
In 2007, he was convicted of attempted open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior. He is currently being held on $60,000 bail at the Rockingham County jail.