- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire state Senate candidate has dropped out the race and now faces a misdemeanor charge of sexual assault.

Police say Loudon farmer Howard Pearl is accused of forcing himself on a juvenile late last year.

Pearl was running in the Republican primary in District 17 against incumbent state Sen. John Reagan. He dropped out of the race this week.

Pearl doesn’t have a listed phone number and couldn’t be reached for comment. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1piPmBT ) Pearl is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com

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