Belmont man charged with groping 12-year-old girl

GILFORD — An Arkansas man who recently relocated to the Lakes Region is being held on $5,000 cash bail for allegedly twice groping the 12-year-old daughter of one of his friends.

Bryan Proctor, 29, whose last known address was 663 Union Road in Belmont, is charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault.

The alleged assaults occurred between January 1 and January 7 in the Gilford home of the alleged victim and happened while the victim and Proctor were alone in the house while the girl's mother had gone to run an errand.

Police affidavits allege that Proctor repeatedly contacted the victim's mother, apparently worried that she would report the assault. He also allegedly sent text messages to the victim's mother saying he wished to stay in contact with her.

Police interviewed Proctor on January 28. He declined to take a lie detector test.

Affidavits also said that when police went to Proctor's home on Union Road on January 31 to arrest him, he arrived at the house with a moving van. He told police he was planning on moving to Old State Road in Belmont.

In court Monday, Gilford's prosecutor asked for $10,000 cash bail. He said Proctor has no connections to New Hampshire and has a conviction in Arkansas from 2004 for battery II. He said the victim in that case was 8-years-old.

Proctor's public defender said he was working full-time in Tilton and had no ties to Arkansas. She said he has cousins in New Hampshire. She suggested cash bail of $1,500.

Judge Jim Carroll split the difference. He ordered Proctor held on $5,000 cash, to have no contact electronically or otherwise with the alleged victim or her mother, and to sign a waiver of extradition.