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December 11. 2013 6:43PM

A chief walks: No charges in New London

Though accused in March of offering to drop underage drinking charges against an 18-year-old college student if she would pose for nude photos, former New London Police Chief David Seastrand was never prosecuted. The state Attorney General's office let him resign if he agreed never to work in law enforcement again.

The AG's office did not look for other victims. The day after the deal was struck, other women came forward with similar stories. A new criminal investigation had to be launched. On Monday the AG's office announced that no crimes were committed in the other instances.

Seastrand engaged in "abhorrent behavior," including paying a woman's speeding ticket in exchange for lingerie photos, said Associate Attorney General Jane Young, but the office could not prove any violation of the state's abuse of office statute. The chance to charge him was missed in April. Were Seastrand employed in any other field but law enforcement, one wonders whether he would have received such a sweet deal back then.


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