Local man charged with failing to register as sex offender

LACONIA — A local man was ordered held on $15,000 cash-only bail after allegedly failing to register as a sex offender with the Police Department.

Michael D'Amore, 45, of 192 Union Ave. is also accused of failing to register a change of address with the Laconia Police, as it required of all Class III sex offenders.

In 1989, D'Amore was convicted on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a victim who was younger than 16-years-old. He is required to register his address with local police four times a year.

Police affidavits filed with the court said on March 5, Parole Officer Seifu Ragassa went to D'Amore's address and learned that he hadn't been living there since February.
Ragussa called the Laconia Police to see if D'Amore had registered a change of address with them and learned he hadn't.

Affidavits said D'Amore's wife said she hadn't seen him but told police that he wasn't "doing very well" and was likely using drugs again.

Ragassa said he and Laconia Police heard D'Amore was hiding out in a friend's apartment on Strafford Street and on Wednesday night Ragassa, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Joint Task Force, and the Laconia Police went to that address and arrested him.

In court yesterday, D'Amore's attorney waived a bail argument reserving it for a date to be determined later.