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Rochester city council votes to remove member on misconduct charges

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A member of the Rochester City Council has been removed after fellow councilors said they found misconduct allegations against him to be true, such as sexual harassment, retaliation and creating a fake press release with the city seal.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports the council, which included a member and the mayor who testified that Chris Rice had made inappropriate comments to them, voted 9-3 on Thursday to remove him.

It found the four allegations, described in a report by a council investigative committee, to be true.

Rice, who did not vote, disagreed. Rice was not formally charged with a crime.

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