$10K posted in Rindge sexual assault case

KEENE — A Rindge man charged with sexually assaulting a family member in the 1990s has been released on bail, after receiving some help from a Hancock resident.

Jason A. Czekalski, 51, of Rindge, who faces two counts of felonious sexual assault and one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, was released from the Cheshire County House of Corrections on $10,000 cash bail on Feb. 6, according to court documents. Charles A. Willard of Hancock posted the $10,000 cash required for Czekalski’s release, according to the bail bond filed at the Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene, where the case is now pending.

At a Jan. 29 probable causing hearing at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey, where Czekalski waived probable cause, Justice L. Phillips Runyon III ordered Czekalski’s $5,000 cash bail raised to $10,000 cash. In the event that Czekalski posted bail, Runyon ordered him to remain in the state of New Hampshire and to have no contact with his wife or children.

Czekalski’s wife, Jacqueline Czekalski, filed a restraining order against her husband in January. The prosecution hand delivered the order to Czekalski at the Jan. 29 court hearing.

While the defense maintains Czekalski — who has lived in Rindge for more than 20 years — is not a threat to the community and has no criminal record, state prosecutors told the court on Jan. 29 that the police investigation is ongoing and that a second victim has come forward.

After several months of investigation, Rindge police and N.H. State Police executed a search warrant and arrest warrant at Czekalski’s home at 212 Thomas Rd. on Jan. 25. According to a complaint filed at the court, the victim is related to Czekalski by blood and was 11 years old at the time of the alleged assaults, which reportedly took place between March 27, 1993, and Dec. 27, 1995.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228.

or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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