SALEM — A Salem home improvement contractor facing child rape charges was taken into custody in a Salem courtroom Thursday, a day after a grand jury indicted him on new charges of witness intimidation.
Daniel Beauvais, 50, of 24 Eden St., was arrested in June 2016 on charges that he sexually abused a girl who was a regular visitor to his home.
The girl was between the ages of 10 and 12 at the time. Beauvais allegedly convinced the child that he needed to put medication on her body.
Beauvais had a history of similar behavior, including a continuation without a finding in 2000 in an indecent assault and battery case, and several complaints to the Department of Children and Families. That agency found evidence to support those complaints, but Beauvais was not charged criminally, prosecutors told a judge in 2016.
Beauvais was initially held without bail by a Salem District Court judge who called him a "serial sexual abuser" and a danger to children.
The following month, Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley decided to release Beauvais on a GPS bracelet and $100 bail, over the objection of prosecutors. Beauvais' former attorney had argued that his continued detention would put his employees out of work.
But it was Feeley who on Thursday, after learning of the three new charges of witness intimidation in the case, revoked Beauvais' bail and ordered him into custody.
The indictments allege that Beauvais has engaged in efforts to influence three witnesses in the case since February 2017.
Beauvais had been under court order to have no contact with the victim and other witnesses in the case.
Prosecutor Melissa Woodard made the request to revoke Beauvais' bail at a hearing that had originally been set to pick a trial date in the case.
That's now on hold. A status hearing is set for April 2.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.