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AG finds no new criminal conduct for ex-New London police chief

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 09. 2013 5:31PM


Allegations that three additional women brought against former New London Police Chief David Seastrand did not rise to the level of criminal conduct, and no charges or further action will be brought against the long-time chief who resigned in disgrace April 4 after an earlier investigation into alleged improper conduct by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

The Attorney General's Office announced Monday it concluded its investigation into the three complaints.

While some of the alleged actions occurred while Seastrand was on duty or in uniform, they did not involve an action in his official capacity as police chief, associate attorney general Jane E. Young said.

The complaints involved adult women who were not in police custody, and their actions were consensual, Young explained.

This was not the case when an 18-year-old Colby-Sawyer College student told the Attorney General's Office that Seastrand offered to drop charges of underage possession of alcohol and giving a false name if she posed nude for photos.

The student said Seastrand made the offer while the two were at the police station. She filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office March 6. Seastrand resigned April 4 and surrendered his certification as a police officer.

On April 5, the Attorney General's Office was notified of additional complaints by the three women.

One involved a woman who reported she had sexual contact with Seastrand while he was working as New London police chief.

The other said Seastrand paid her parking ticket with a check — believed to be a money order — in exchange for her posing for Seastrand in lingerie.

The third woman reported Seastrand offered her cash in exchange for taking photos of her, an offer she refused.

The Attorney General's Office launched a second investigation after receiving the complaints.

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