Charles Paul – Repeat Sex Offender – Sexual Assaults

Only weeks after someone urged Charles Paul to “get out of our town” through very public graffiti messages, the local sex offender was arrested again Wednesday on a new sexual assault charge and for possessing drugs police say he intended to sell.

Charles Paul, 43, of 21 Brewster St., Apt. 22B in Portsmouth is being held without bail after he allegedly fled from police on a bicycle and was discovered hiding in a park where he had buried several bags of marijuana.

Paul, who served a 22-year prison sentence for the rape and beating of a 16-year-old North Hampton girl, is slated to be arraigned this morning in Portsmouth District Court on eight new charges.

Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald said an alleged incident at his apartment on May 27 with an adult victim has Paul facing new felony charges of criminal restraint and attempt to commit second-degree assault along with misdemeanor charges of sexual assault, simple assault and criminal threatening.

Police did not release details about that incident, but characterized it as an “attack.”

MacDonald said police were granted an arrest warrant for Paul on the above charges and had also been investigating Paul for alleged drug dealing when a chase ensued on Wednesday in the Islington Street area.

MacDonald said police obtained a warrant to search Paul’s Brewster Street apartment on the alleged drug dealing allegations and traveled there at approximately 2:15 p.m.

The lieutenant said Paul was determined not to be home at the time of the search, but was later located in the area.

MacDonald said police approached him, but he fled on a bicycle.

Dispatch calls at 3 p.m. had several officers searching the area for Paul, but he was in custody about eight minutes later.

MacDonald said he was located in the Rock Street Park where police say he had buried 10-12 small bags of marijuana.

“We found him laying behind trees on the ground,” MacDonald said.

Police say they subsequently found drugs in his apartment, with Wednesday’s arrest producing a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled drug and resisting arrest.

MacDonald said Paul was out on bail and awaiting sentencing on a recent conviction for being a felon in possession of dangerous weapon (a knife) when he was arrested on the new charges.

The lieutenant said it is also believed Paul has suspended jail time from his previous rape case that could be implemented as a result of the new charges.

Paul is a registered sex offender who is known to police.

He was convicted of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Rockingham County Superior Court in February 1987 for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old North Hampton girl who police said he severely beat, raped and left for dead.

Paul had numerous run-ins with local law enforcement in 2008.

Having been released from prison in April of 2008 after nearly 22 years, Paul was arrested on Aug. 22, 2008, and charged with two felony counts of “prohibition from child care services of person convicted of certain offenses,” with those charges alleging he was in a caretaking role with two minor children at a Portsmouth residence on Aug. 15.

He was arrested on Oct. 25 and charged with a felony count of failing to provide police with written notification of a change in his employment as required by sex offender registration laws.

On May 15 police began taking reports that someone had been using black spray paint to write messages directed at Paul on several businesses on Islington Street.

Graffiti found on the walls of Olde Port Traders, Robbins Auto Parts, Klines Furniture Gallery and Celebrity Sandwich included a message saying: “CHARLY PAUL RAPES CHILDREN 20 YEARS GET OUT OF OUR TOWN.”

MacDonald said the graffiti has no tie with the charges stemming from the alleged May 27 attack, but noted they occurred while Paul was the subject of a police investigation for his alleged drug activity.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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