Everything went according to the “New Hampshire Way.”
The former New London (elite, wealthy, college town) Police Chief who had a habit of trading misdemeanor charges for nude photos of college girls retires with his pension - taxpayers pay for.
The NH Attorney General’s Office put blinders on once again to help a cop beat a conviction – any conviction. And taxpayers foot the bill for the criminal police officer protection scheme run out of the AG’s Office.
The “insurance” company of the State of New Hampshire protects a bad cop from having to pay for is criminal activities through an out of court settlement – the taxpayers pay for.
If you were not paying attention to the smidgen of reporting about this story here is the short version. It’s even shorter than the seacoastonline.com story.
Beloved New London, NH Police Chief offers to trade dropped underage drinking charge in exchange for nude photos of the female driver he takes after hours. The NH AG can’t find a fitting statute to charge the officer with.
Try this one. It’s a criminal statute:
643:1 Official Oppression. – A public servant, as defined in RSA 640:2, II, is guilty of a misdemeanor if, with a purpose to benefit himself or another or to harm another, he knowingly commits an unauthorized act which purports to be an act of his office; or knowingly refrains from performing a duty imposed on him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office.
Source. 1971, 518:1, eff. Nov. 1, 1973.
But somehow the NH AG can’t connect the dots on this tricky statute.
Receiving no help from the AG, but receiving a sound education regarding how things work with corrupt police in NH, the co-ed sues the Police Chief nude photographer in Superior Court and asks for the dreaded JURY TRIAL!
Uh oh, a jury trial means a single judge can’t let you off a clear case of using your position to benefit your photography fetish with some fancy interpretation of the words in the statute. See “cherish” or “domicile” for how that works.
If you are a smart police chief/nude photographer its now time to settle out of court with the “insurance company” all towns use, The NH Municipal Association – or whatever they call themselves these days. (Try The Local Government Center.) Not being a real insurance company, NHMA will gladly use taxpayer money to keep a public official THEY LIKE out of trouble. A real insurance company might put up a fuss and we can’t have that.
And so the end result is perfectly normal in a small state such as ours. The taxpayers foot the bill from beginning to end and a college co-ed learns a few things about small, elite, towns in New Hampshire.
Not a bad taxpayer funded education at all.
She is now wise beyond her years.