BRATTLEBORO -- A New Hampshire man pleaded not guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct with a child on Tuesday after authorities say he touched the victim inappropriately.
Police say 66-year-old Earnest F. Baldasaro, of Charlestown, N.H., was outside at a friend’s house on April 20 to watch a hockey game along with the victim and its mother and several other people.
Witnesses said that prior to Baldasaro following the child into the home alone and cornering it, he made numerous crude comments about the child and about the cheerleading camp it recently attended.
Brattleboro Police Officer Carl Warner wrote in his affidavit that it was difficult for the victim to recall the events but eventually explained what Baldasaro had done and that five weeks prior had repeatedly tried to become a friend through Facebook.
The victim also stated that Baldasaro had rubbed its neck in a sexual manner at least four times prior to the incident in April.
"I’ve never felt so violated in my life," the victim said of the incident. "I had no reaction. I didn’t know what to do. I was really scared."
Shortly after the victim texted its mother explaining what had happened Baldasaro was asked to leave.
On his way home Baldasaro sent a text message to the homeowner.
"I’m so sorry, I don’t know what happened, I would never do that on purpose," he wrote.
When officer Warner interviewed Baldasaro, he
If convicted, Baldasaro is facing a two-year minimum sentence and up to 15 years behind bars.