OSSIPEE — A Rochester man facing trial on child molestation charges in Ossipee was found dead of self-inflicted wounds in Epping.
In November, John Skerry Jr., 46, of Rochester, was indicted on six counts of felony extended-term aggravated felonious sexual assault for alleged crimes in Ossipee between July 1, 1999 and July 20, 2002.
Skerry was going to go to trial this week but when he didn't show up, Carroll County Superior Court judge Steven Houran issued a warrant for Skerry's arrest.
Epping police found Skerry's body at a New Hampshire Park and Ride on Route 125 just before 8 a.m. He died of a self-inflicted wound, said Epping police Capt. Jason Newman.
Ossipee police checked last known addresses for Skerry and were in contact with four other law enforcement agencies.
"It was sad it had to turn out this way," said Ossipee police Det. Sgt. Bob King. "The decision was his."
Skerry's first trial ended in a hung jury, said Carroll County Victim Witness Advocate Melissa Smith. Skerry was offered a plea deal of 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison. Without the deal, Skerry could have faced 40 to 80 years behind bars if convicted, said Smith.
"He didn't take it," said Smith of the plea deal.
Before this trial began, Houran decided prosecutors could use information about incidents of molestation that occurred in Massachusetts. Houran didn't let the jury hear about that in the first trial, said Smith. ... ..Source.. by The Conway Daily Sun