Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 10
Ex-Teacher Out on Bail In Student Sex Assault Case
Claremont — The former Stevens High School math teacher charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault against a 14-year-old student at the school has been released on bail.
Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Christopher LeBlanc, 29, posted the $150,000 cash bail late last week.
Conditions of LeBlanc’s release include no contact, direct or indirect, with the alleged victim, her immediate family or with minor children. LeBlanc is not allowed on any school property or the community center, can’t leave New Hampshire and cannot possess firearms or consume alcohol or controlled drugs.
LeBlanc’s address listed on court documents is Block Avenue in Claremont. During his probable cause hearing, his attorney asked for bail of $100,000 cash or corporate surety with the condition LeBlanc be subject to home confinement with his parents in New London. The judge instead set bail at $150,000 cash-only but did not impose a home confinement condition.
LeBlanc was arrested March 21 outside his home and resigned from his first-year teaching position on April 1. The charges against him are expected to be presented to a Sullivan County Grand Jury for indictment.
Man Sentenced in Assault, Robbery of Cornish Resident
Newport — Aaron Gobin was sentenced to 21/2 to seven years in New Hampshire state prison this week for his role in a robbery and assault of a Cornish man in July 2013.
Gobin, 26, of Concord, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was also sentenced to one and a half to five years for possession of a controlled drug, which will be served concurrently with the conspiracy sentence. On a third charge of attempted escape from a Newport police officer after being arrested in August 2013, Gobin was given a suspended sentence of 31/2 to seven years, which the state can bring forward for up to 10 years.
According to the indictment in Sullivan County Superior Court, Gobin and another man, Thomas Tozier, had begun to follow the Cornish resident for a few weeks before the man was attacked in his home by Tozier, who then stole his wallet. Gobin knew the victim and helped plan the robbery but was not present when it happened, according to the indictment. Tozier is serving five to 15 years for his role in the crime.
DOT: This Year’s the Worst For Vermont Potholes
Burlington (ap) — Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles says that every year people think the potholes are the worst, but this year, they are right.
The Burlington Free Press reports that potholes develop when water gets trapped in crevices in roads and then freezes. That process expands and cracks the asphalt. When vehicles hit a pothole, they can increase the damage.
And driving over potholes can cause vehicle damage, including bent rims and broken tire belts.
Scott Rogers, director of operations at the Agency of Transportation, said he thinks this year will require a lot of pothole repair work. Rogers said the state has already spent $1.69 million and used 3,230 tons of patch material. Officials expect costs increase as the spring goes on.
N.H. Committee Formed to Make Education Recommendations
Concord (ap) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has issued an executive order creating a task force to make recommendations on STEM education in schools — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The group includes members with experience in STEM education in kindergarten through 12th grade; the Community College System of New Hampshire; the University System of New Hampshire; and New Hampshire’s private colleges and universities.
The task force will chaired by Dr. Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire. He also is co-founder and co-director of Green Launching Pad, a business incubator that connects entrepreneurs and private industry with technical, scientific and business faculty and students throughout the state.
Among the members are entrepreneur Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research & Development.
— Staff and Wire reports