Pittsfield man arrested for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl

LACONIA – A Pittsfield man was released on $50,000 personal recognizance bail on Dec. 1 and ordered to stay out of Belmont after allegedly sexually assaulting his girlfriend's 7-year-old daughter three times this year.

After appearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Emmanuel J. Ham-Ying, 22, was ordered to live in Conway and to have no contact with children under 16.

His official address as listed on police complaints is 91 Clough Road in Pittsfield.

The Belmont prosecutor asked for $50,000 cash-only bail, while Ham-Ying's attorney argued he had a place to stay away from the alleged victim and should be given personal recognizance bail.

According to the three complaints and the affidavit obtained from the court, the victim told her mother in late November that Ham-Ying had been assaulting her for the past several months. The three assaults include two charges of inappropriate touching and one charge of self-gratification that involved the victim.

Affidavits also stated the victim's mother confronted Ham-Ying and he allegedly admitted to her that he was sorry for what he did but that he was not aware the child was awake. He allegedly told her he hated himself but when "nothing happened after the first time he did it again."

On Nov. 24, she reported it to police, Ham-Ying moved out of the apartment.

On Nov. 29, Belmont Police were called to the home for a report that Ham-Ying was trying to access the house because he allegedly heard the police were investigating whether or not he molested the victim's mother's other children and to say he had not.

The affidavit for his arrest was sworn on Nov. 30.

Police continue to investigate and said additional and/or upgraded charges could be forthcoming.

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Route 106 in Belmont to be widened, thanks to federal bill

BELMONT — Reconstruction of the intersection of state Route 106 and Seavey Road is among at least seven highway and bridge projects in New Hampshire that will be funded by five-year highway trust fund bill, which U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said yesterday Congress is expected to approve as early as this week.

Speaking to the press by telephone yesterday, Shaheen said that the bill is the first to provide long-term federal funding for road and bridge construction since 2003 and ensures funding that will enable state officials and private contractors to schedule and complete projects.

The improvements at the intersection of Route 106 and Seavey Road include widening Route 106 to provide turning lanes for both north- and southbound traffic entering Seavey Road and widening Seavey Road from 26 feet to 40 feet, as well as configuring the junction for vehicles turning onto Route 106 to accommodate school buses and box trucks.

Bill Cass, assistant commissioner and chief engineer of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, estimated the cost of the project, including construction and resurfacing, at approximately $5 million. With the assurance of funding, he anticipated the project would be advertised in April.

Christian Zimmerman, president of Pike Industries of Belmont who joined the press call, welcomed the bill, which he stressed would provide the "certainty that we can stay busy for the next five years." He said contractors have been downsizing for some time and the assurance of funding "will reverse that trend and enable us to increase employment and invest in our business."

Zimmerman was echoed by Gary Abbott, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire, who estimated the legislation would return some $15 million in federal funding to New Hampshire during the next five years and accelerate the projects in the state's Ten-Year Highway Plan.