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Manchester Official Pleads Guilty of Simple Assault

A former Manchester City Alderman and School Board member has pleaded guilty to simple assault after being charged with sexual assault against a woman on July twelfth. 

Russ Ouellette served on the Manchester School Board for eight years and on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for more than four years. That all ended last week when he resigned in the face of sexual assault charges. Ouellette was accused of assaulting a woman after leaving a billiards club in his pickup truck. He was arrested a second time for breaking the terms of his bail.

The negotiated plea agreement saves Ouellette from becoming a registered sex offender but the judge sentenced him to a year at the Hillsborough County Jail, deferred for a year on condition that he will undergo an alcohol abuse evaluation, a sexual offender evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations.

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen have opened a filing period ending on August tenth for candidates to compete in a special election to fill the Ward 11 seat.

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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