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July 09. 2013 7:43PM

Investigation into ex-New London police chief’s actions continues

NEW LONDON — The state Attorney General’s investigation into the alleged misconduct of former Police Chief David Seastrand during the questioning of a Colby Sawyer College student on March 6 could take at least two weeks more to complete, authorities said.

Seastrand resigned on April 4 as part of a negotiated agreement with the Attorney General’s office. His departure followed a state investigation into an accusation by 18-year-old Janelle Westfall of Alexandria that Seastrand asked her to pose nude for photos in exchange for having charges dropped.

Westfall was arrested for underage alcohol possession and giving a false name to police, according to her lawyer. She said that Seastrand called her a few days after her arrest arraignment and made the request during a meeting between the two at the police station.

After the accusation was made public, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said her office had received calls from “several” women regarding Seastrand’s conduct as police chief.

Young has not released details of the other complaints. She said this week that the investigation could take two or more weeks to complete.

Westfall’s lawyer, Attorney Richard Lehmann of Douglas, Leonard, and Garvey, LLC in Concord, has said his client will likely file a civil suit against Seastrand, but is waiting for the Attorney General to complete the investigation into the other complaints.

“We’re still waiting,” Lehmann said Tuesday.

Seastrand had announced his retirement on April 1, giving no reason. Three days later, he agreed to resign as part of a “negotiated disposition” on the matter with the Attorney General’s Office. As part of the disposition, he agreed to resign and permanently relinquish his police officer certification.

Officials at the New Hampshire Retirement System said Seastrand’s resignation will not affect his retirement benefits, which will pay him about $53,000 per year, according to the system’s formula.

Seastrand’s lawyer, Nicholas Brodich of Tarbell and Brodich in Concord, has said the former chief will not react publicly to the accusations against him.

dseufert@newstote.com


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