Macgown waives probable cause hearing

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 18, 2016 7:18PM

A man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl waived his right to a probable cause hearing at the district court on Monday.

James Macgown, 25, of Greenville, appeared briefly at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey, where his attorney filed a motion to waive his probable cause hearing and forward the two charges leveled against Macgown – felonious sexual assault and aggravated felonious sexual assault – to the superior court.

A probable cause hearing does not determine guilt or innocence, but determines whether there is enough evidence present to bring the case to trial.

Judge L. Phillips Runyon III reminded Macgown that his bail conditions, including that he have no contact with minors and that he stay away from his alleged victim and the Peterborough address where the alleged assault occurred were still in effect. 

Both of Macgown’s charges relate to a single incident in the early morning hours of March 4, when he allegedly had sexual contact with someone under the age of 13, and that the touch was purposeful and for the reason of sexual gratification.

At the time, Macgown was living at a Jaffrey address, according to court documents, but confirmed in court that his current address is in Greenville. 

Macgown allegedly entered the bedroom of a 9-year-old girl at approximately 4 a.m., lay next to her in her bed, and touched her inappropriately, above and beneath her clothes.

The girl told her mother the next day, and Macgown allegedly told police he had gotten “very drunk” and did not remember anything, according to an affidavit on file at the Jaffrey district court.

Macgown was also arrested on multiple drug charges, including for possession of Oxycodone on the same day he had been arrested on the warrant for the sexual assault charges.


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