Man convicted of lewd conduct at Belmont beach said to have violated terms of suspended sentence

LACONIA — A man who was given a suspended sentence for indecent exposure at Roberts Beach in Belmont is due back in court next week for refusing to cooperate with the terms of the suspension.

Merrill Fitts, 64, of Belmont was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections for inappropriately touching himself while seated in the front seat of his car at 2:36 p.m. on March 23, 2013.

Police said they received a report of a man acting suspiciously and Fish and Game Sgt. Mike Eastman responded and found Fitts sitting in his car naked and masturbating.

Eastman didn't indicate whether or not there were other people around Fitts when he arrived and Fitts was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure.

On July 11, 2013 Fitts was given a suspended sentence provided he seek a mental health evaluation and follow up with the recommendations.

According to the Division of Probation and Parole, Fitts has refused to comply with the aftercare and recommendation of the mental health evaluation.

His sentenced was suspended for two years meaning the judge could impose the entire 12 months in the house of corrections should Fitts continue not to cooperate.