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Jun 2, 2015 6:19 PM

Nottingham man who assaulted sleeping woman wants community treatment


BRENTWOOD - A Nottingham man who broke into a woman's apartment and sexually assaulted her in 2013 wants permission to participate in a community based treatment program.

Zachery Lajoie was 17-years-old when he broke into his neighbor's residence to steal cigarettes. He saw the then 44-year-old woman sleeping, and decided to go home to get lotion.

Lajoie returned to the apartment and straddled the woman while assaulting her. He pleaded guilty to burglary and sexual assault for his crimes last year.

On Tuesday morning, Lajoie was in court with his attorney, who told Judge William Delker that the prison system evaluated her client and decided he would do better in a community based treatment, rather than the programs provided by New Hampshire State Prison for Men.

The state is objecting to such a plan. Prosecutors maintain that they did not receive a copy of the evaluation, and since it was taken in August of 2014, Lajoie has violated prison rules.

Lavoie was found in possession of property which belonged to other inmates on three occasions, and has taken a prescription that is not his own.

Judge William Delker decided to have Lajoie re-evaluated. He said that once he completes either a prison or community based treatment program, the balance of his minimum sentence will be deferred.

Delker said if the evaluation shows no need for treatment, the balance of Lajoie's minimum sentence will be deferred immediately.

According to records from the Department of Corrections, Lajoie's minimum sentence release date is July 28, 2016.

His maximum negotiated release date is July 28, 2019.

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