April 16, 2009

Arrival of sex offender Raymond Fournier raises concern

By Daymond Steer, The Cabinet Press

April 16, 2009

MONT VERNON, N.H. - Two weeks after a man the state sought to commit as a "sexually violent predator" moved to town, school officials, police and some parents are doing what they can to raise awareness and enhance student safety.

Raymond Fournier, 40, was released from prison April 3 and is now living with relatives at 1 Salisbury Road. Fournier was convicted in 1994 of several counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on victims under 13 years old.

The state had sought to have Fournier - who has served his full sentence - civilly committed as a sexually violent predator under a relatively new state law, but released him two weeks ago after a superior court judge found that the court did not act on a petition to have him committed in the time allowed under the law.

Fournier's release was discussed last week at the Mont Vernon School Board meeting. Fournier's new home is just less than four miles away from Mont Vernon Village School. Salisbury Road is a rural dirt road near the Lyndeborough town line.

Lyndeborough Central School's PTA also sent out a flier to parents about Fournier's release because he lives near the town line. The flier says many Lyndeborough families live within a mile of him.

In 1994, Fournier pleaded guilty to seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison and due to be released on June 16, 2008, according to Supreme Court documents.


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