Former Deputy Faces Charges for Sexual Assault on Inmates
A former deputy sheriff in New Hampshire is facing new charges of sexual assaults on inmates he was transporting.
WMUR-TV reports that former Belknap County deputy Ernest Justin Blanchette was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of sexual assault involving inmates.
Authorities told WMUR that Blanchette committed the acts on five different inmates while transporting them between correctional facilities across the state. He is charged with nine counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of felonious sexual assault.
In October 2015, Blanchette was indicted on a count of aggravated felonious sexual assault for an incident in Bedford. Prosecutors say that assault took place while Blanchette was transporting a female inmate to the women's state prison.