Ex-scoutmaster, bus driver in Newfields charged with molesting youth
NEWFIELDS — An ex-scoutmaster has been charged with sexually assaulting a Boy Scout during the 1990s and police are investigating the possibility of several more victims.
Eugene Perreault, 69, of 369 Piscassic Road in Newfields, was arrested Monday on a single count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
“We are investigating accounts of multiple victims,” Newfields police Lt. Michael Schwartz said. “We want other victims to come forward or anyone with any information to contact us.”
Perreault allegedly assaulted a scout a number of times in Newfields during the 1990s, according to Schwartz. Police said the boy was younger than 13 at the time.
Perreault has been working as a local bus driver, and as the town’s health inspector. His term as health inspector is set to expire in December. He has previously done part-time building inspection work in Fremont, according to town records.
Perreault also made an unsuccessful bid for selectman in 2009, according to published reports. Schwartz said police received reports from other possible victims after the first alleged victim came forward last week.
“It takes one brave person to start things going,” he said.
The investigation has so far revealed that Perreault was a scoutmaster from the mid-1990s through 2006 in Epping and Newfields, police said.
Police have been focusing on Perreault’s interaction with young boys during that time period.
The department has also been in contact with the Boy Scouts of America as part of the investigation, according to Schwartz.
Donald Shepard, scout executive and CEO of the Boy Scouts’ Daniel Webster Council, issued a statement following Perreault’s arrest.
“The behavior included in these allegations is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Though this individual has not been involved in our organization since 2013, upon learning of these reports we took immediate action to preclude him from any further participation in our programs and are cooperating fully with local law enforcement.
“The safety of our youth members is our top priority. We seek to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.”
Police anticipate additional charges in the case.
Perreault was booked on the Class A felony on Monday. He was released on $500 cash and $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
Perreault is expected to be arraigned on Dec. 13 in 10th Circuit Court-Brentwood Division. Epping police Capt. Jason Newman said his department was informed of Perreault’s arrest by Newfields police. As of Monday, Newman said no criminal complaints against Perreault had been reported to Epping police.
Anyone with further information is being urged to call the Newfields Police Department at (603) 772-9010. To remain anonymous, people are being asked to call Seacoast Crime Stoppers at (603) 431-1199 or by email at seacoastcrimestoppers.org.
Union Leader Correspondent Jason Schreiber contributed to this report.