Allenstown man charged with assaulting two children at elementary school

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MANCHESTER — An Allenstown man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges after police say he assaulted two children at a local elementary school.

Authorities allege 24-year-old William O’Connell, a behavior technician with Applied ABC, a contracted provider for the Manchester School District, was involved in two separate incidents at Parker Varney Elementary School.

According to witness accounts, O’Connell threw a 7-year-old boy to the ground, causing facial injuries to the child.

Later, O’Connell reportedly handled a 7-year-old girl in a “hard manner,” although she did not sustain injuries.

After a warrant for his arrest was issued, O’Connell turned himself into the Manchester Police on the evening of Jan. 31.

He faces charges of felony Second Degree Assault in relation to the boy’s injuries and Simple Assault for the incident involving the girl.

Following his arrest, O’Connell was released on personal recognizance bail.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 7.

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