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Canterbury Police Chief Indicted On Sex Assault Charges


A suspended New Hampshire police chief has been indicted on accusations he sexually assaulted an underage girl.

A state grand jury indicted Canterbury police Chief John LaRoche Thursday on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, attempted aggravated assault and sexual assault at Merrimack Superior Court.

The 44-year-old LaRoche was accused in August of pressuring a teenager to perform a sex act on him during a ride-along in 1999 or 2000. He has pleaded not guilty.

An affidavit says LaRoche acknowledged the ride-along encounter. His attorney says he believes LaRoche was never questioned by investigators about the other alleged assaults.

LaRoche has been free on bail and was placed on unpaid administrative leave in August. His police certification has been suspended by the state, pending the outcome of the case.

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