By John Collins


NASHUA -- An Ayer man who was being sought to face charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Nashua turned himself in at Nashua police station on Friday evening, police said.

James Santiago, 25, of 1 Wright Way, Ayer, was charged with three counts of felonious sexual assault, a Class B felony.

On Nov. 15, the Nashua Police Department's Youth Services Division received a complaint alleging that Santiago had been involved in a relationship with a 15-year-old female who was known to him, and that he had engaged in sexual relations with her in Nashua on three separate occasions between December 2012 and February 2013, according to a press release issued by Nashua Police.

As a result of police detectives' investigation, a warrant was issued for Santiago's arrest. He turned himself in at the Nashua police station on Friday at 6:21 p.m., and was taken into custody without incident, police reported.

Santiago was later released on $25,000 cash or surety bail, pending his arraignment in 9th Circuit-District Division-Nashua Court on Jan. 2.

Each Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, plus fines.