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Mass. man accused of sexual assault at New Hampton campground

NEW HAMPTON — A Massachusetts man was ordered held on $5,000 cash only bail in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday after allegedly sexually assaulting two girls during a camping trip to  Yogi Bears' Jellystone Park.

Police Chief Merritt "Doug" Salmon said yesterday police were called to the campground around 10:50 p.m. on Friday by the girls' father.

He said police interviewed everyone involved and determined there was enough probable cause to arrest Irving Small, 69, 14B Meetinghouse Lane in Hanson, Mass. The alleged victims are from neighboring Whitman, Mass., and Small knows the family.

Hanson and Whitman are neighboring communities south of Brockton, Mass., in the southeastern portion of the state.

In court yesterday, New Hampton Police Sgt. Monica Cunningham testified that she separately interviewed both girls, who are in their early teens, as well as other members of the family. She said the disclosure of the alleged assault initially came from the girls' older sister who reported it to her father.

The father called New Hampton Police.

Salmon said Small faces two separate felony counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault — each offers a different theory of the case — and one felony count of indecent exposure.

Salmon said the case centers around alleged activity over the past week but said his department is also working very closely with Massachusetts police and community resources in both states.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered Small to sign a waiver of extradition and to stay away from the family and the communities in which they live.

As of 10 p.m., Small had not posted bail. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

 
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