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Mass. man charged with sexual assault of Londonderry boy

Union Leader Correspondent

April 17. 2017 8:29PM

LONDONDERRY — A Massachusetts man will be held without bail pending his trial on charges he sexually assaulted an underage Londonderry boy.

A judge agreed with prosecutors that Matthew Adey, 47, of Malden, Mass., posed a flight risk if he were to be released on bail.

Londonderry police charged Adey on March 20 with three counts of felonious sexual assault. He also now faces a charge of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity in U.S. District Court.

Londonderry police began investigating the report of a sexual assault on March 6.

Adey allegedly met the boy in an online chat group and later went to his Londonderry home and sexually assaulted him, according to police.

Prosecutors argued that even if Adey was released from custody with strict conditions, he presented a danger to the public and a potential flight risk.

Adey will be held without bail as his case heads to trial, according to a court order.

A judge also approved a request to have the complaint, affidavits and arrest warrant detailing the investigation remain under seal until July 1.

Prosecutors asked the court to seal the records saying that public disclosure of the court records “at this juncture could jeopardize the government’s ongoing investigation in this case.” They could also request an extension to keep those records under seal for a longer period of time.

Adey was apprehended by Massachusetts State Police on March 20. He waived extradition to New Hampshire following his arrest. The sexual assault charges brought by police were Class B felonies, each punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison.

The federal charge pending against Adey also calls for a potential 30-year prison term.

The case against Adey is expected to head to a grand jury for possible indictment by May 1, according to court records.

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