By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
FRANKLIN — A former maintenance man who is charged with fondling two young girls on three separate occasions at the Tilton-Northfield Pines Community Center is a retired police officer.
Robert Magoon, 73, of 27 Deer St. in Tilton worked for the Concord Police Department and retired in 1987, said Lt. Timothy O'Malley. He had been working as a part-time maintenance worker at the Tilton-Northfield Pines Community Center in Northfield during the times of the allegations. Pines Executive Director Jim Doane confirmed Tuesday Magoon no longer works there.
The two complaints allege that Magoon fondled a 9-year-old girl on more than one occasion between the dates of Sept. 1, 2015, and May 12, 2016.
The third complaint alleges he fondled a different girl, now age 11, between the dates of Aug. 24, 2014, and May 12, 2016.
Magoon appeared Tuesday morning via video in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division where Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon continued his bail at $150,000, or $50,000 per charge.
Merrimack County Assistant County Attorney Susan Larrabee said during her bail argument that Magoon continues to be an "immediate danger" to the community.
Larrabee said that even after Magoon was notified, he allegedly continued to assault young girls by touching them inappropriately while they were sitting on his lap at a before-school program at the Pines.
She said that as a former police officer, he is well aware of the law and yet allegedly continued to offend, even after he was told there had been a complaint.
He said little other than he agreed to go forward with his hearing, that he wanted a public defender, and that he didn't want to make a bail argument for himself.
The city of Concord confirmed Tuesday that Magoon was employed as a police officer from Feb, 22, 1970, until his resignation of June 9, 1978. He was rehired by the police department in 1979 and worked until his second resignation on Nov. 13, 1987.
The time of all of the allegations is 7:19 a.m., which was when Magoon had access to the center in his role as a maintenance man. Larrabee said the investigation into Magoon's activities during his employment at the Pines are continuing and that additional charges may be forthcoming.
Doane said he couldn't comment on anything involving the investigation into Magoon. He said that going forward, the doors to the center are locked in the mornings and that additional staff has been added.
He said that the center is working with Detective Jennifer Adams, who is assigned to the Merrimack County County Attorney's Office working as an investigator is coordinating multiple outreach programs with the elementary schools in the Winnisquam Regional School District, the local community governing bodies, and the parents of the children who attended programs at the center.
"Jen Adams will tell me and the board of directors how (the outreach) will go," Doane said.
The Pines website says there is a before-school program ay the center which opens at 7 a.m., and the school bus picks up the children. There is also an after-school program. The Pines is a not-for-profit corporation founded initially in 1954 and incorporated in 1967. It is operated by the Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council that has members from each community. The primary scource of funding is through the town budgets of Tilton and Northfield who each contributed $64,750 to the 2016 operations. Program fees, rental fees and occasional grants are also used as revenue sources.
The Pines in an integral part of the whole Tilton-Northfield community and, aside from the library and the schools, is where nearly every social and civil events occurs for people of all ages.
Magoon is scheduled to appear on May 31 in the 6th Circuit Court, Concord Division at 1:30 p.m.