Former Wareham Select chief executive charged with child rape

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BOURNE — Jim Potter, former chairman of the Wareham Select Board and former member of the Bourne Select Board, has been arrested and charged with child rape and indecent assault.

Falmouth District Court records confirm that 44-year-old Potter was charged on August 11 on a variety of charges including rape of a child, two counts of indecent assault and assault on a child under the age of 14, indecent assault on a person aged 14 or over, and rape.

The charges stem from three separate alleged offences: one in March 2009, one in January 2015 and another in April 2022.

Due to the nature of the charges against him, all police reports and evidence are sealed and the victims are not identified.

Potter left the Wareham Select Board as chairman when he and his family moved to Bourne in 2009, according to a 2021 profile on his Elect Jim Potter campaign page.

He had been elected to the Bourne Select Board in May 2018 but lost a re-election bid in 2021 and another attempt to rejoin the board in May 2022.

His profile notes that Potter coached for Bourne Youth Soccer for eight years.

He and his wife Jean have also taken in 10 Spanish exchange students and volunteered for the high school’s drama program, the profile says.

Court records show that Potter’s wife, Jean Potter, filed for divorce on July 8.

Potter lives on Settlers Way in Bourne.

Bail has been set at $20,000 for all alleged criminal offenses and he is being asked to surrender his passports and undergo GPS surveillance with restricted zones.

He was also ordered to have no contact with at least one alleged victim.

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