Ex-scoutmaster indicted for sexually assaulting four boys
BRENTWOOD — An ex-Scoutmaster was indicted for sexually assaulting four boys during the 1990s, doubling the number of alleged victims that he was initially charged with abusing.
Eugene Perreault, 69, of 369 Piscassic Road in Newfields, faces 17 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault or felonious sexual assault for allegedly molesting or engaging in sexual acts with boys as young as 5 years old, according to indictments released on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said in the indictments that Perreault began sexually assaulting one 13-year-old boy around January 1991. Two others in the group were allegedly being victimized over the course of several months in 1995.
Perreault was about 44 years old when he sexually assaulted the 13-year-old boy at his Newfields' home in January 1991. Prosecutors accuse Perreault of an ongoing pattern of abuse involving that same boy until September 1994.
Roughly four months later, Perreault began abusing another boy, who was about 11 years old.
The indictments suggest that when a months-long period of abuse ended with one boy, a new one began with another youth a few months later. The last assault ended in 2001, according to prosecutors.
The investigation into Perreault’s time as a Scoutmaster in Newfields during the 1990s began in October after a man stepped forward and told police about being sexually abused when he was a Boy Scout.
Newfields police began a wide-ranging investigation that involved interviewing many former Boy Scouts from the Newfields and Epping area, where Perreault had volunteered.
Perreault, who remains free on bail, had been working as a local bus driver and serving as Newfield’s health inspector at the time of his arrest.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and remains free on bail.
The state Department of Education and Boy Scouts of America Daniel Webster Council have assisted police with putting together a timeline in the various cases.
Perreault acknowledged having sexual contact with at least one of the boys when he was questioned by investigators, according to a police affidavit. When pressed for more information, Perreault responded, “I don’t remember. That was 20 years ago,” the affidavit said.
He will be arraigned on the new charges on May 5 in Rockingham County Superior Court.