Trial postponed for New Durham man accused of molesting young girlsBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
February 13. 2018 8:53PM
OSSIPEE — The sexual assault trial of a New Durham man has been postponed until May after his attorney argued health problems left the accused unable to help prepare for trial.
James I. Myers, 69, was indicted on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault last spring, accused of sexual contact with two pre-teen girls in May 2015 in Wakefield.
Due to the age of the alleged victims, all of the charges are special felonies punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
Wakefield police allege that on four occasions between May 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015, Myers had unlawful sexual contact with a girl under age 13.
Initially held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail following his arrest, Myers is free on $1,000 surety bond on condition that he is electronically monitored by Bail-N-U-Bonds, that all guns were removed from his home and that he have no contact with the alleged victims or anyone under the age of 18.
Public defender Eric Wolpin told Judge Amy Ignatius during the hearing in Carroll County Superior Court that he needs more time to prepare, that he had only recently been assigned the case and that his client’s health issues, which ultimately may require undergoing kidney dialysis, left him unable to have meaningful discussions about the case.
A pretrial hearing was scheduled for May 14, with jury selection set for 9 a.m. on May 21. The trial is expected to last three to four days. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 6 in the Ossipee Court, though criminal defendants often waive it.
The case is being prosecuted by Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi.