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Apr 19, 2017 4:48 PM

Police: Man accused of butt grab asked woman at Wal-Mart, 'Have you ever been flashed before?'


SOMERSWORTH — A Dover man accused of touching a woman's buttocks in a Market Basket had accosted another woman at a Wal-Mart recently, police said.

Timothy Brassil, 52, of 149 Portland Ave., Apt. 59, of Dover, is charged with two counts of sexual assault for touching a 20-year-old woman's buttocks twice.

READ: Police say NH man sexually assaulted woman at Somersworth Market Basket

The alleged victim told police she first felt Brassil grab her buttocks March 31 in the dairy aisle near the milk. When she turned around she noticed a man walking by her. He apologized, according to the affidavit, and the woman told her mother, who was with her, that the man "creeped her out."

The woman was at the south side of the deli when she felt a second "brush" with her buttocks, the affidavit states. She didn't see anyone nearby her at the time.

The alleged victim described the man as 6-feet tall and heavy set with dark hair, scruffy facial hair and wearing a blue coat.

When store footage was reviewed, police said it appeared as though Brassil had been following the woman through the store. After the alleged contact at the deli, the man is seen on surveillance footage discarding an empty hand basket before leaving the store.

Officers used the footage to identify the suspect as Timothy Brassil, who they had dealt with after a recent incident at a nearby Wal-Mart. Brassil allegedly asked a female customer at that store, "Have you ever been flashed before?" while fumbling with his zipper.

After a warrant was issued Brassil was taken into custody by the Dover Police Department on April 7 and transferred to Somersworth police. He was arraigned on April 10.

At his arraignment, he was placed on $5,000 cash bail to convert to personal recognizance pending acceptance into the Community Corrections program.

Somersworth Police Department Capt. Tim McLin said Brassil was released on personal recognizance bail and is being monitored by corrections officials.

Further hearings in Brassil's case are still pending in Strafford County Superior Court.

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