Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Assaults; Three Counts Get Lebanon Resident Three to Six Years
North Haverhill — Before entering the courtroom to plead guilty to three counts of felonious sexual assault, 24-year-old John D. Mays hugged his family.
It would be his last chance to say goodbye because once the 30-minute sentencing hearing was over, Mays would be taken away in handcuffs to the New Hampshire State Prison.
Mays, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty in Grafton Superior Court on Thursday to three counts of felonious sexual assault involving two different victims. He was sentenced to three to six years in prison.
However, six months could be suspended for good behavior and completion of a sex offender program. He will also get credit for the 115 days he spent in prison earlier this year.
However, Mays could receive an additional seven to 14 years in prison if he breaks any of his conditions of release, such as having no contact with the victims over the next 10 years, according to Mays’ court appointed attorney Jamie Brooks.
Mays is also required to register as a sex offender.
Mays pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in August 2012, and sexually assaulting a different 14-year-old boy between September 2012 and December 2012.
As a general practice, the Valley News does not identify victims of sex crimes.
As part of his plea deal, four other charges were dropped, including charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, felonious sexual assault and two misdemeanor charges of sexual assault.
At the beginning of the hearing, the mother of one of the victims addressed Judge Timothy Vaughan. (The Valley News is not identifying the mother to avoid identifying the victim.)
The mother alleged that Mays forced alcohol down her son’s throat and bribed him with gifts, video games and money. She also alleged that Mays stalked her son and threatened her son with a knife .
“It is unacceptable. He was a child. Fourteen years old and you did that. You sexually assaulted him,” the mother said reading from several sheets of white paper.
“I’m concerned for the community, I’m concerned about other children.”
After Mays entered a guilty plea, Vaughan asked him if he knew the maximum time he could serve, to which Mays responded that the maximum time for each charge is seven years.
Mays has black hair and a neatly trimmed goatee, and in Grafton Superior Court on Thursday he wore a red collared shirt and a long black trench coat.
Defendants often give statements during their sentencing hearings, and at the end of Mays’ hearing, Vaughan asked him if he had anything he wanted to say.
“No,” Mays said.
“Really?” Vaughan said, a bit taken aback.
Mays’ stepsister, who was sitting in the courtroom, then raised her hand and began to speak, but Vaughan quickly told her that she could not comment.
Assistant County Attorney Mary Bleier declined to comment after the hearing and said all comments must go through County Attorney Lara Saffo. Saffo could not be reached for comment after the hearing.
Mays had previously been released on $50,000 personal recognizance bond in May with the condition that he could not enter the Lebanon green or the mall area in Lebanon. In June, his conditions were updated to include that he could not enter the Ledyard Charter School, School Street School, Carter Community Building and the Witherell Recreation Center in downtown Lebanon.
Sarah Brubeck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3223.
Mary Bleier is an assistant Grafton County attorney. Her name was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.