SALEM — A Salem home improvement contractor described by one judge as a “serial sexual abuser” was released yesterday by a different judge.
Daniel D. Beauvais, 48, was indicted last month on charges that he repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old girl during visits to his Eden Street home. He allegedly told the child that he was applying medication to areas on her body.
Beauvais has pleaded not guilty to charges of child rape and indecent assault and battery.
Following his arrest in June, prosecutors presented evidence of prior allegations, including a 2000 indecent assault and battery case that was continued without a finding and later investigations of complaints that did not lead to charges in 2008, 2011, 2012 and last year.
Salem District Court Judge Robert Brennan concluded that Beauvais poses a danger not only to the child in the case in which he’s been charged, but to other children, if released.
But yesterday morning, after his mother, Shirley Beauvais posted $100 bail, Beauvais was fitted with a GPS bracelet and released from Salem Superior Court, two weeks after a new judge concluded that the bracelet and other conditions would be adequate protection for the victim and the public.
Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley made the ruling following an Aug. 26 hearing where he agreed with prosecutors that Beauvais poses a danger.
While prosecutors wanted Beauvais to remain in custody, Feeley concluded that the GPS bracelet, a 7 p.m. curfew, an order that he stay away from the victim, her family and other witnesses, and stay entirely out of the state of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts border communities from Newburyport to Haverhill, would protect her and other children.
The judge also required that Beauvais live with his mother at 10 Fort Ave. in Salem, and that he refrain from “excessive use of alcohol.”
The judge’s decision means Beauvais can return to running his home improvement contracting business. His attorney had argued that keeping Beauvais in custody was throwing his employees out of work and would also affect customers.
A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 3.