Rindge man back in jail after alleged bail violation

JAFFREY — A Rindge man, who faces felony-level sexual assault charges, is back in jail, after allegedly violating a protective order that prohibits him from contacting his wife.

Jason Czekalski, 51, of Rindge was arrested on Feb. 15 at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Stoddard by state police on a warrant issued by the Rindge Police Department charging him with violation of a protective order, a misdemeanor-level charge, according to Rindge Police Chief Frank Morrill. Czekalski was held without bail at the Cheshire County House of Corrections. During a telephone arraignment the next day, Justice Edward J. Burke of Keene’s 8th Circuit Court ordered Czekalski’s bail set at $50,000 cash.

Czekalski had been released from jail just nine days prior to his arrest in Stoddard; Charles A. Willard of Hancock posted the $10,000 cash required for Czekalski’s release on Feb. 6, according to court records. Czekalski is charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault and one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Morrill wrote in an affidavit for an arrest warrant dated Feb. 15 that Assistant Cheshire County Attorney John M. Gasaway Jr. and N.H. State Trooper Sgt. Joseph DiRusso had contacted him that day about a man identified as Ben Wilder of Stoddard, who had visited Czekalski at the jail. “[T]he video recorded Ben telling Jason, ‘So I tried, I talked to your wife yesterday like you told me to. I don’t know where the gold coins are, but she had no interest in bailing you out. She says that you left her nothing,’” wrote Morrill.

Morrill wrote that Czekalski directed Wilder “several more times to communicate various messages” to Jacqueline Czekalski. When Morrill contacted Jacqueline Czekalski on Jan. 15, he wrote that she had received phone calls on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 from Wilder, “a person that is familiar to her as the son of a former law client of her husband’s.”

During a two-part bail hearing at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey last week, Justice L. Phillips Runyon III ordered that Czekalski’s $50,000 cash bail be upheld. If released, Runyon ordered Czekalski not to have contact with Jacqueline Czekalski, the couple’s two daughters, Wilder, Wilder’s father and no one under the age of 18. If released, Czekalski was ordered to notify the court and Cheshire County Attorney’s Office of any change in address and to wear an electronic monitoring device. He is not to possess a firearm and is to refrain the use of alcohol and controlled drugs.

Czekalski’s public defender, James P. O’Rourke Jr., told the court that Czekalski maintains he was unaware of the bail condition prohibiting him from contacting Jacqueline Czekalski. “No threats were made. No violence. It appears that it was in order to secure bail money,” O’Rourke said.

Czekalski said that despite multiple requests for his court paperwork he had nothing to reference on the day that he spoke with Wilder at the jail.

Runyon said in court Thursday that at Czekalski’s probable cause hearing on Jan. 29 he made it clear that Czekalski was not to contact Jacqueline Czekalski. “You may have been separated from the paperwork, but I can’t imagine that there was any doubt in your mind about the fact that you were to have no contact with Mrs. Czekalski.”

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