Somero jailed after violation

Maine police allege he assaulted, solicited a minor

  • Kyle Somero

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 04, 2016 7:31PM

A New Ipswich man is serving a nine-month prison sentence for violating his parole after being charged with assaulting a minor, and soliciting another, according to police.

Kyle Somero, 20, was arrested by Westbrook (Maine) Police on Jan. 1 and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, at a Super 8 Motel, according to Westbrook police officer Sean Lally.

The arrest caused a Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge to revoke bail for Somero, who had been released on personal recognizance after a 2015 incident in which he allegedly requested sex from a 14-year-old girl in exchange for a ride. He was originally charged with two attempted felony charges, but those were dismissed and Somero ultimately pleaded guilty to a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child in that matter.

On Feb. 2, Somero was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child in the Hillsborough court, and received a sentence of 2 years to 6 years in the state prison, with the entire sentence suspended for up to 10 years.

The sentence came with a lengthy list of conditions, including that Somero register as a sex offender, be on probation for the next five years, have no contact with his victim, who was known to him, until she is 21 or older, have no contact with minors under the age of 16 or live in a residence with any minors, that he attend therapy and continue ongoing sex offender treatment, and that his parole officer have access to both his Internet and cellphone records.

During the course of his New Hampshire case, Somero was arrested on Jan. 1 on another sexual abuse of a minor charge by Westbrook police, after he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old girl – who was not his original alleged victim – in a Super 8 motel.

In Maine, sexual abuse of a minor of 14 or 15 years old, where the perpetrator is more than five years older, and less than 10 years older, is a Class D crime, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine.

Somero, who already has another conviction for endangering the welfare of a child, related to soliciting a 12-year-old, according to court document, “by asking [her] if she wanted to go have some fun, or words to that effect, while motioning toward a cabin,” in Greenfield in 2013, when he was 18.

He was also previously convicted of stalking on a charge originating from Rindge, where he was received a suspended 90-day sentence.

Somero was sentenced to nine months in the Hillsborough County House of Corrections for parole violation related to his more recent charges. As of Jan. 25, he is currently serving that time.

Somero failed to appear for his arraignment on the Westbrook assault charge at the Cumberland County Court in Portland on Feb. 16, causing the court to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or at asaari@ledgertranscript.com..