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Market Basket groping just the latest arrest for Dover man

Union Leader Correspondent

April 19. 2017 2:15PM
Timothy Brassil (Courtesy)

SOMERSWORTH – A Dover man is accused of sexual assault for touching a woman twice at Market Basket while free on bail for a similar incident at a nearby Walmart.

Timothy Brassil, 52, allegedly touched a twenty-year-old woman’s buttocks twice as she was shopped with her mother on March 31.

The incident was reported to store employees who summoned police, according to an affidavit filed by Sgt. Jonathan Hanson.

“[She] told me that she was in aisle one, the dairy aisle, near the milk, when she felt something brush her buttocks,” Hanson said. “[She] said she turned around and noticed a male walking past her. The male apologized and made the contact seem accidental,” Hanson said.

The woman told her mother the man had “creeped her out,” Hanson wrote in his report.

When the mother and daugher were later being served at the grocery store’s deli counter, the young woman again felt someone brush against her buttocks. She wheeled, but saw noone.

Surveillance video appears to have captured the incident. Steve Rose, the assistant store manager, reviewed footage and spotted Brassil seemingly stalking the young woman to the deli counter, according to Hanson.

“Steve showed me the footage and I verified that the suspect appears to be following [her] as she was in the deli. He approaches her and goes off camera for a short time, then quickly departs down an aisle towards the front door. The suspect is walking at a fast pace and is seen at the door discarding an empty hand basket,” Hanson’s affidavit states.

Hanson was able to easily identify Brassil because other officers at the Somersworth Police Department recognized him as the man recently arrested for a similar incident at Walmart.

Brassil had been arrested there for alarming a female customer when he asked, “Have you ever been flashed before?” while fumbling with his zipper.

Hanson and a second officer arrested Brassil on April 7 at his apartment at 149 Portland Ave., Dover. Brassil waived his Miranda Rights and told police he accidentally touched the alleged Market Basket victim on the date in question. He was arrested on two counts of sexual assault, both Class A misdemeanors.

Brassil was arraigned and bail was initially set at $5,000 cash and later reduced to personal recognizance bond after his acceptance into a community corrections program. Bail conditions include no entry into the Somersworth Market Basket or Walmart, no excessive use of alcohol and he cannot possess a firearm.

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