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Sex offender arrested: 15-year-old tells police she exchanged sex for booze

GILFORD — Police have charged a registered sex offender with one count of felonious sexual assault for an act allegedly committed behind the Gilford Cinema on October 14.

David Ferland, 37, of 686 Union Avenue Apt. 2A in Laconia is being held on $250,000 cash-only bail until he can appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division this morning.

According to Gilford Police, the father of a 15-year-old girl discovered a cell phone his daughter was not allowed to have in her possession and was concerned by the content of some of the conversations.

The girl later told police she had met a stranger (later identified as Ferland) over the Internet and had communicated with him numerous times over her cell phone. She also told police she and a female friend met Ferland behind the cinema and sexual acts were performed in exchange for alcohol.

Gilford Police worked with the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Parole and Probation Division of Laconia and, using various channels and methods, were able to identify Ferland.

He was initially taken into custody for a parole violation and during his interview police said he admitted having contact with the girl over the Internet and the sexual encounter.

Police said Ferland's criminal sexual history in New Hampshire began in 2003 and he had since been convicted of nine counts of felonious sexual assault — stemming from two separate incidents, two counts of certain use of computer services, 21 counts child pornography, and one count of criminal solicitation. His convictions stemmed from incidents in Rockingham and Grafton Counties.

Gilford Police said additional charges are expected to include, but not be limited to, the second alleged victim.

 
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