Man accused of sexually assaulting child in Hancock declared unfit for trial


Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/29/2022 2:08:42 PM

Charges against a Massachusetts man accused of sexually assaulting a minor in Hancock were dropped by a Hillsborough County Superior Court judge last month following a competency hearing.

Dale Cole of Ayer, Mass., was arrested as a fugitive from justice by the Ayer Police Department in August of 2018 and extradited to New Hampshire, where he faced three charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stemmed from an alleged incident at Seven Maples Campground in Hancock that involved an 8-year-old boy in 2009. The alleged victim’s father told police he knew Cole through camping at Seven Maples Campground in Hancock, as originally reported in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in 2019.

Hillsborough County Superior Court North Judge David Anderson dismissed all charges on July 28 after a competency hearing, according to a court summary of the case. 

According to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Cole is registered as a level-three sex offender after being convicted for indecent assault and battery on child under 14 years of age in 1984 and the purchase or possession of child pornography in 2010. According to Massachusetts General Law, individuals classified as level-three sex offenders by the Sex Offender Registry Board are determined to be high risk to reoffend.


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