PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – A Portsmouth man has been charged with supervising children despite being a convicted sex offender.

Prosecutor Tom Grella said Charles Paul, 42, allegedly had contact with two young children while visiting friends on Aug. 15. He has not been accused of doing anything to harm the children.

Grella said police arrived to the residence for an unrelated domestic dispute and discovered Paul alone with a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. He was charged with two counts of providing child care despite being a sex offender, a felony, and with being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, a knife.

“I was caught in the middle of a domestic dispute,” Paul said.

Police said Paul told the children’s mother he had been in prison, but never said why.

At his arraignment, Paul told the judge he wouldn’t have put himself in the situation if he had been aware of the rules governing conduct by convicted sex offenders. He said he is registered with local authorities and is trying to start his life over.

In 1987, Paul was convicted of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old North Hampton girl.

Police said the victim was “severely beaten” and “left for dead.”

Paul was released from prison in April. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 9.

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