May 4, 2016 9:45 AM

Belmont sex offender heads back to jail for failing to register

LACONIA — A former Belmont sex offender was sentenced yesterday to serve 1½ to seven years in the New Hampshire State Prison for one count of failing to inform local police of his new location.

The Laconia Daily Sun reported Arthur J. Leisner II, 31, had been living "in the woods at the end of Durrell Mountain Road," according to the indictment, and changed his location. He was arrested in early November of 2015 after several local police departments tried to find him.

Leisner, whose last known address was 37 Deware Drive, was also given a suspended sentence of 3 ½ to seven years for failing to report within five days that he used a cell phone.

He was arrested last Thursday in Laconia by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department after failing to appear for his first court date, said Sheriff Craig Wiggin Tuesday.

Four other similar charges were not prosecuted in exchange for the plea arrangement.

According to the State Police website for registered sex offenders, Leisner was convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault in 2004 for an assault against a victim who was under 18 years old. Leisner also has three drug convictions.

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