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Dec 9, 2016 8:31 AM

NH man charged in sex assault of disabled woman gets plea deal

The Associated Press

NEWMARKET, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman has accepted a plea deal.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports 36-year-old John Beatham Jr. entered the plea Thursday to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and reckless conduct in Rockingham Superior Court.

A judge imposed two suspended sentences of 12 months behind bars running concurrently. The Newmarket man was ordered to have no contact with the victim and must undergo sex offender evaluation.

A police affidavit alleges Beatham sexually abused the woman on at least one occasion in her apartment in February. Police say the victim was interviewed by Child Advocacy Center staff due to her numerous learning disabilities.

Beatham's attorney says her client suffers from a birth defect and receives disability.

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