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Published: August 26, 2008 03:58 am ShareThisPrintThis
Judge sets bail at $110K in statutory rape case
By Angeljean Chiaramida
Staff writer

SEABROOK - A judge set bail for a Seabrook man charged with two counts of statutory rape at $110,000 in a bail hearing at Hampton District Court yesterday.
Shawn Eaton, 21, of 17 True Road, Seabrook, is charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault statutory rape for engaging in sex with 13- and 15-year-old girls on Aug. 2 after giving them an intoxicating substance that mentally incapacitated them. The substance has not been publicly identified by police.
Seabrook police charged Eaton on Aug. 6 after family members of the alleged victims came forward.
At Eaton's arraignment on Aug. 8, Hampton District Court Judge Francis Frasier would not approve the bail agreement worked out between Seabrook police prosecutor Detective Scott Mendes and Eaton's attorney, public defender Joseph Prieto. Frasier said he would not consider bail until he reviewed a court-ordered psychological review of Eaton showing he is not a danger to himself or others.
The psychological review was completed and filed with the court yesterday, Mendes said. It indicated Eaton was not a danger, Mendes said.
Frasier approved the bail agreement from Mendes and Prieto, but he included restrictions beyond their proposal. Frasier set bail at $10,000 cash, plus $100,000 personal recognizance bail - in other words, Eaton will owe the court $100,000 if he fails to show up at his court dates. Should Eaton make bail, he will not be released from jail until an electronic monitoring tracking system and bracelet can be set up and affixed to Eaton, Frasier said. Once released, Eaton will be monitored by the county probation department.
An additional condition of his bail imposed by Frasier is that Eaton abstain completely from any use of drugs or alcohol, have no contact with the alleged victims or any minor under the age of 18, with the exception of family members.
Frasier warned Eaton in court that should he violate any portion of his bail agreement, his bail would be revoked and he will remain in jail until his trial.
Mendes consulted with the alleged victims' families on the bail issues, and their concerns were considered in the bail terms. Family members of both Eaton and the alleged victims were in court yesterday.
If convicted, Eaton faces a possible 20 years in jail for each felony count.
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