Tilton man charged with child sex assault


TILTON — Tilton police arrested a man Thursday evening in Franklin on two charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
Charles Beckley, 53, of 22 Grange Road, Tilton, is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl according to Tilton Police, who said the assaults took place over the past six to 12 months and were first reported to them on May 3.
Following an investigation and interviews, police on Thursday obtained arrest warrants for two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a child under the age of 14, along with search warrants for Beckley’s home.
Tilton Police detectives, working with Franklin Police, located the suspect in downtown Franklin at 7 p.m. Thursday and took him custody. He was booked in Tilton and taken to the Belknap County Jail, where he is being held on $20,000 cash bail.
Police Chief Robert Cormier said that Beckley knew the victim and that there may be additional victims.
“We hope that, by getting the word out, other victims will come forward,” said Cormier.
The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact the Tilton Police Department at 286-4442.

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