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Date of Release: March 13th, 2007

Reference: Sexual Assault arrest

On Monday, March 12th, 2007, the Portsmouth Police Department arrested the following individual:

William J. Dawley
Date of birth 12/20/55
21 Brewster Street
Portsmouth, NH

Mr. Dawley has been charged with the following:

Sexual Assault/Forcible Fondling (Class A Misdemeanor)
Criminal Threatening/Use of a Deadly Weapon (Felony)
Criminal Restraint (Felony
) Felon in Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (Felony)
Prohibited Sales (Class A Misdemeanor).

It is alleged that Mr. Dawley committed these crimes against a 16 year old minor in Portsmouth yesterday afternoon. Upon receiving the report of these crimes, the Portsmouth Police Department conducted an investigation involving the processing of a crime scene at Dawleys residence, as well as interviews.

Mr. Dawley was arraigned at the Portsmouth District Court this morning and is currently being held on $75,000 cash bail. His next scheduled court date is a probable cause hearing in Portsmouth District Court on March 20th, 2007 at 8:30 AM.

Anyone with any further information is asked to call Det. Sgt. Michael Schwartz at 436-2511, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 431-1199 or 1-207-439-1199.

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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500