Jeffrey Gelinas


MANCHESTER — “Jack the Snipper,” the city man arrested this week on a felony indecent exposure charge, has agreed to remain in jail and not seek a pre-trial release, a prosecutor said.

Jeffrey Gelinas, 43, of 747 Union St., who has a long history of indecent exposure, was arrested Tuesday by Manchester police in connection with an incident on Sunday.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court.

Gelinas agreed to his preventive detention pending an eventual trial, said Tom Craig, an assistant Hillsborough County attorney who handled the arraignment. He applied for and was granted a public defender. His next hearing is scheduled for March 20.

Gelinas is charged with exposing himself Sunday to an 8-year-old girl at a Family Dollar store in Manchester.

Gelinas earned the nickname “Jack the Snipper” when he emerged as the main suspect in a series of break-ins at the University of New Hampshire in the early 2000s.

The burglar targeted young women in their sleep and snipped off their undergarments before fleeing. Gelinas pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted burglary and was paroled in 2012 after serving eight years in prison.

Since then, Gelinas has been arrested on related charges twice.

In 2013, Dover police charged him with flashing a young girl at a Bed, Bath and Beyond store. In 2015, he was sentenced to two to seven years in state prison for exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl at a Salem bookstore.

He is on parole and could also be subject to a hearing that could return him to prison, Craig said.

“This is in the very early stages,” he said.