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Civil Suit Brought Against Town Of New London, Former Police Chief

Town of New London

A civil suit has been filed against the town of New London and its former police chief, David Seastrand.

The suit stems from a complaint made last year by a female Colby-Sawyer College student that Seastrand told her he would drop an underage drinking charge if she agreed to pose nude for photographs.

The Attorney General’s office investigated the incident, and agreed to not press charges against Seastrand if he resigned from his position.

Concord attorney Richard Lehmann says his client wants Seastrand to be held accountable.

“So given the fact that she was not fully satisfied with the outcome of the attorney general’s action or lack of action taken once their investigation was done, she decided to go forward with the civil complaint.”

Lehmann says the suit alleges Seastrand and the town violated his client’s rights to due process and equal protection.

It seeks monetary damages, and asks a Merrimack County jury to award an appropriate amount.

The AG’s office reported receiving several additional complaints following Seastrand’s resignation.  

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