Barnstead man said to have breached bail conditions by contacting minor girl 4 times

LACONIA — A former Barnstead man was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail yesterday for failing to appearing in Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday and for four counts of breach of bail.

Tyler Root, 32, was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury in August of 2013 for statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a girl who was older than 13 and less than 16.

Investigating officers learned Root had allegedly been in touch with the victim four times since his being indicted in August, with three of those contacts being in January of 2014, by examining the cell phone the girl was using that belonged to her mother.

In January, the girl's mother in January reported she had information that Root was in the area, possibly on Merrimac Street

Affidavits said city police learned from a different woman that Root has met with the girl while he was on Merrimac Street visiting a friend.

A Laconia Police officer spoke with Root on the phone and he denied having any contact with the girl. At that point, police applied for and secured an arrest warrant.

Sometime yesterday, police arrested Root — it is unclear if he turned himself in or if police found him in Laconia — and he appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.

He is scheduled to appear in the Belknap County Superior Court today for matters relating to his felony rape charge.

The four bail violations are still in the Circuit Court's jurisdiction.