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July 4, 2013

Amesbury man ordered to stay away from library

AMESBURY — A Whitehall Road man has been ordered to stay away 100 yards away from the Amesbury Public Library and a 14-year-old girl who attended teen activities there after being charged for sending her a string of Facebook messages asking her to have sexual contact with him.

As part of his plea agreement with Essex County prosecutors, Aaron S. Mears, 21, 164 Whitehall Road, B1A9, was ordered not to use a computer or a smartphone for six months, submit to sex offender evaluation, attend counseling, pay $90 to the Victim-Witness Fund, wear a GPS tracking device and have no contact with anyone under 16 years old unless accompanied by an adult.

By pleading to sufficient facts, Mears likely avoided a harsher sentence. Instead, Judge Peter Doyle ordered the case against Mears continued without finding for two years. Should Mears stay out of trouble and adhere to conditions imposed by the court, the entice child under 16 charge against him will be dropped.

According to the report of Amesbury police officer Jason Kooken, in mid-February, the victim’s mother visited the School Street police station where she told the veteran officer that she was concerned for her daughter’s safety after she became aware that Mears was sending her daughter Facebook messages. The interactions began inside the Main Street library where the victim attended teen activities in the library basement and continued outside near the town gazebo adjacent to the library. Mears was accompanied by other young men, including at least one brother.

Amesbury police Detective Robert Wile, in his report, wrote that in those messages, Mears asked the victim to perform sexual acts on him. The victim repeatedly said no, but the messages continued.

Following the mother’s visit to the police station, Wile issued Mears a no trespassing order involving the library because he was meeting under-aged girls there, according to his report. Mears was eventually charged in March.

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