A Republican Party operative was arrested on Friday for felony indecent exposure following a task force investigation, the Union Leader reported Saturday.
Merton Mann, 74, is being held Merrimack County Jail after being charged with felony Indecent Exposure and Lewdness and Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited.
“Dunbarton Police in conjunction with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, comprised of members of the Bedford Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigation’s executed a search warrant at Mr. Mann’s School Street apartment this morning,” Dunbarton Police stated.
This is not Mann’s first encounter with the law.
“A former selectman, Mann in 2013 was indicted and later convicted on a felony theft charge regarding money that was taken over a 4-year period from the Dunbarton Historical Society,” the Union Leader explained. “Earlier this week, Mann was re-elected to a 3-year term on the Dunbarton Cemetery Board of Trustees. He ran unopposed.”
Mann had served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Chuck Douglas (R-NH).
“He worked on many political campaigns for state and federal Republican candidates in New Hampshire as well,” the Union Leader added.