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Rochester man who head-butted child molester in court sentenced

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Josiah Davies, right, and the scene on Nov. 30 as he head-butted a convicted child molester. (left, WMUR image; right, Rochester Police photo)

DOVER - The Rochester man who became one of the most prolific of forgers the area may have ever seen was sentenced on Thursday to two to six years on a multitude of forgery counts as well as three and a half to seven years for his assault on a child molester inside a Strafford County Superior Courtroom in November 2017.

Josiah Davies, 29, formerly of 391 Portland St., had forgery indictments over the past several years for defrauding a host of Rochester businesses, including George and Ed's, Service Credit Union, TD Banknorth, Holy Rosary Credit Union and many other assorted businesses and individuals.

The forgery counts span a timeframe that began in late 2016 and ranged into the start of last year.

Davies was also sentenced to three and a half to seven years on seven other forgery indictments, with those sentences all suspended for five years after his release from prison.

Many of the forgery indictments were simply nol prossed.

Davies also must make various restitution payments to SCU, HRCU, George and Ed's and several other parties.

He also has trespassing orders with most of the businesses that were affected.

Davies gained a degree of notoriety on Nov. 30, 2017, when he head-butted a Dover man who had just pleaded guilty to child molestation. As Christopher Elwell sat down after pleading guilty, a shackled Davies got up from his seat in the back row and head-butted Elwell twice before court bailiffs took him to the ground to stop the attack.

The scene was captured on tape by a WMUR cameraman.

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