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May 22, 2012

N.H. woman, boyfriend arrested in nanny 'scam'; charged with stealing from Groveland couple

GROVELAND — A nanny from Plaistow, N.H., with a history of stealing from her employers, was arrested and charged with larceny after the local family she worked for reported to police that jewelry and other items valued at nearly $30,000 were missing from their home.

Jessica Jean Senter, 24, of 25 Elm St., was charged with larceny over $250 and larceny from a building on Friday after an investigation by Groveland police officer Michael Traister. Senter's boyfriend, Jakub Councilman, 25, of 90 Main St., Atkinson, N.H., faces one count of larceny over $250.

They were arraigned in Haverhill District Court yesterday before Judge Patricia Dowling. Dowling ordered Councilman held on $5,000 cash bail, but ordered Senter held for violating terms of her probation on a previous larceny conviction.

According to Groveland Deputy Chief Jeff Gillen, Traister was called to the victims' Marion Avenue home May 16. The couple who lived there, who have one child, reported they had hired Senter on a part-time basis in 2010 from the website SitterCity.com.

She was brought on as a full-time nanny for their child in March. According to the report, she was given a key to the home, a car and a cellphone. She had complete access to the victims' home while they were at work.

Senter's duties included running errands with the child, taking care of the child's basic needs and supervising the child while the parents were away.

The police report stated that the Groveland couple also gave access to their home to Senter's boyfriend. He was allowed to visit their home while Senter was taking care of their child.

"This girl had worked for the Groveland family since November 2010," Gillen said. "They gave her a phone, a car to use, they put a lot of trust in her. But she and her boyfriend were ripping them off when they weren't home."

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