Former Newport officer, police department face civil rights suit
New Hampshire State Prison inmate Thaddeus B. Nye is suing Aaron Aldridge, as well as the Newport Police Department, where Aldridge worked as an officer from 1999 to 2004.
Nye alleges that when he saw Aldridge’s face recently, Nye recalled that when he was a minor, Aldridge arrested him and brought him into custody.
Nye claims Aldridge’s search was a sexual assault, and that the Newport Police Department is liable for failing to prevent Aldridge from sexually assaulting him when he was a minor, a violation of his civil rights.
“Plaintiff and his family were well known to the Newport Police and plaintiff was often in trouble, including once for making false, racist allegations that he had been kidnapped by a ‘black dude.’ He eventually admitted that he and his brother were just trying to get out of going to school. This may be the runaway incident plaintiff refers to. If at any time plaintiff was frisked by the Newport Police on that occasion or at any other time, it was solely to search for weapons. Nothing inappropriate was ever done and any touching was justified.”