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Former Wolfeboro teacher indicted for alleged inappropriate conduct with student

Union Leader Correspondent

June 25. 2018 6:39AM
Kingswood Regional High School (John Koziol/File)

LACONIA — A former Kingswood Regional High School English teacher has been indicted on charges he possessed child sex abuse images, witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence.

Michael T. Harbrook, 48, of Tilton, surrendered his teaching credentials in February of 2017 after a police investigation was sparked by an allegation of inappropriate contact with a student.

Efforts to reach Harbrook for comment were unsuccessful.

On June 21, a Belknap County grand jury handed up indictments charging Harbrook with possessing four image files of a minor engaged in sexually explicit contact between June 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2015. The four charges are each Class A felonies potentially punishable by a 7 1/2- to 15-year prison term and a $4,000 fine if convicted.

The falsifying physical evidence charge alleges that between Dec. 26, 2016, and May 24, 2017, in Tilton, Harbrook deleted the contents of his shared Google Drive to keep it from police.

The witness tampering indictments charge that between Jan. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2016, Harbrook told the alleged victim that if she told police about his actions he would kill himself and possibly her.

The second witness tampering charge alleged that Harbrook tried to convince the girl not to press charges by telling her that she would not want the public to know about his actions, that the charges would harm his family and his students, and that she could face legal consequences.

All three charges are Class B felonies, potentially punishable upon conviction by a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Assistant Carroll County Attorney Kimberly Tessari presented the case to the grand jury. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but rather an indication that an independent jury has voted, after hearing from police, that sufficient evidence exists to warrant a trial in Superior Court.

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