Father charged with assaulting infant son


PARIS — A judge set bail Wednesday for a man accused of assaulting his infant son two years ago.

Gregory J. Jarvis, 24, of Jane Street in Manchester, N.H., is charged with felony assault and reckless conduct against his 2-month-old son in Porter in April  2008. Jarvis, formerly of School Street in Porter, was indicted on the charges in August 2008 and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in Oxford County Superior Court for arraignment the next month.

Justice Robert Clifford set Jarvis’ bail at $5,000, saying he was concerned with the length of time between the warrant’s issuance and Jarvis’ arrest. Clifford said he would also consider a supervised pretrial contract, but Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne said one could not be established due to Jarvis living out of state.

Jarvis was arrested April 29 in New Hampshire. Beauchesne asked the court to set bail at $20,000, saying Jarvis may have left the state because he knew there was a warrant for his arrest. Defense lawyer John Jenness Jr. asked that bail be set at $500, suggesting that Jarvis made himself known to investigators after his wife started divorce proceedings in Bridgton District Court.

Jarvis remained in jail Wednesday afternoon. His other bail conditions forbid him from using or possessing dangerous weapons with searches allowed upon articulable suspicion, leaving the state, or having contact with his son or ex-wife, except to pay child support.

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