Mass. sex offender pleads guilty to Salem indecent exposure before trial starts
BRENTWOOD — A Massachusetts sex offender convicted last month of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at a Wal-Mart in Plaistow admitted on Tuesday to exposing himself to a second young girl at a store in Salem in September 2011.
Ronald Beausoleil, 34, of Haverhill, Mass., pleaded guilty to a felony count of indecent exposure just as he was about to go on trial in Rockingham County Superior Court.
He was sentenced to a suspended 3½ to 7 year prison term that will run consecutive to whatever prison time he draws in the Plaistow case, according to Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Haggar.
The surprise plea deal came after a jury was drawn on Monday. Opening arguments were about to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday when Beausoleil opted to plead guilty instead.
Beausoleil could face more than a decade in prison when he appears before a judge on Jan. 24 to be sentenced on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault and three other charges stemming from his conviction in the Plaistow assault.
In that case, Beausoleil found a 9-year-old girl in the toy aisle of the Wal-Mart store, touched her and fled, according to prosecutors.
He was arrested by a sheriff’s deputy on March 11, the day after the assault while in the parking lot of the Route 125 store.
Days after that arrest, Salem police identified Beausoleil as their suspect in an unsolved case involving an indecent exposure to a young girl that happened at a Wal-Mart in Salem on Sept. 19, 2011.
Beausoleil is being held without bail at the Rockingham County jail pending sentencing in both cases.