Home » Opinion » Editorials
Special treatment: Letting a police chief walk
A Colby-Sawyer College student told the New Hampshire Attorney General's office that on March 6 New London Police Chief David Seastrand offered to drop underage alcohol possession charges against her if she would let him take nude photos of her. Last week, the AG's office announced that it had negotiated Seastrand's resignation from the force and there would be no charges. What an outrage.
To no one's surprise, "several" women have come forward since the story of Seastrand and the college student broke last week, according to the AG's office. They have reported similar stories. Now, finally, there is an extended criminal investigation. It should not have taken this long.
There were no charges at first because it was a "he said, she said" situation with no witnesses, according to the AG's office. Who believes that? The chief should have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, with the attorney general announcing the reason and asking for anyone with information about the case to come forward.
Instead, the AG's office, which is supposed to protect the public, let Seastrand walk without bothering to find out if other women out there had similar stories. That is exactly how to discourage victims of sexual harassment from coming forward - and to embolden perverts in positions of authority to act on their impulses.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Back to school at Keene State - 0
- School board holds hearing on proposed charter school in Windham - 0
- Hill district considering three offers where to send middle, high school students - 0
- Program to help hungry Hudson kids with food packages - 0
- Lebanon College announces cancelation of fall classes - 0
- Robot 'Joe' will be student's eyes, ears in Bow fifth-grader's classroom - 2
- SNHU, NHIA set to merge, public still concerned - 3
- Manchester to raise driver's ed fee to $575 - 0
- Despite opposition from Common Core foes, Manchester school standards OK'd - 2
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Concord man charged in downtown stabbing - 0
- GPS device locates stolen truck in Merrimack - 1
- Traffic signal stop leads to drug arrest in Merrimack - 0
- NH Fisher Cats slam way to win over Trenton - 0
- Officials hire principal for Golden Brook school - 0
- Derry councilors select semi-finalists for town admin job - 0
- Plaistow begins search for new police chief - 0
- Without an exemption, Goffstown resident must pay high taxes on solar energy panels - 1
- Upcoming selectmen's meeting stirring controversy among Bow's firefighters - 1
Derry to NH: Take Exit 4A
Editorial: Garcia gains Lambert lies
ISIS beheads NH journalist