By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
NORTHFIELD — Affidavits released Monday from the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division regarding a former Tilton man who allegedly committed multiple sexual assaults on children at the Pine Community Center show a complaint was filed with the police in July of 2015.
The affidavit, which had been sealed for 60 days by Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon at the time of 73-year-old Robert Magoon's arrest, said former Pines Director Jim Doane was told about it. Magoon was a part-time maintenance worker who opened the door for the children before morning classes.
Doane told Magoon not to be in the building with any of the children and the investigation was dropped by the Northfield Police.
In early May, Magoon was arrested and charged with multiple counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for inappropriately touching at least four girls between 6 and 7 years old. Affidavits also indicate that he is charged with one count of simple assault for kissing a 13-year-old girl on the lips.
A review of some video cameras inside the game room showed Magoon with one identifiable child on his lap and with a second unidentified child on his lap. Both children were coloring. Affidavits said Magoon and one child left the room for about one minute and returned to the game room where the child got on his lap. Police said the video should him touching her buttocks and playing with her hair.
Affidavits said two employees said they saw children sitting on Magoon's lap.
As of last month, the investigation into Magoon's alleged activities is continuing and he had not been indicted by a Merrimack County grand jury.
As for the Pines Community Center, Doane resigned shortly after Magoon's arrest.
In the interim, the board of directors of the Pines Center has changed the way the before-school program works, added additional video cameras to the center, and doesn't allow any children inside unless there are two staff members available.
Magoon is being held on $150,000 cash-only bail in the Merrimack County House of Corrections.
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