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Jun 22, 2016 6:16 PM

Alleged victim takes stand in sexual assault trial of former police chief

CONCORD - The woman who alleges a former police chief sexually assaulted her while she was a teenage police cadet, took the stand today.

"I was in shock because it's not something I ever perceive to happen, that he would do that to me," said the alleged victim.

The woman, who is now 33 years old, said John LaRoche, who was then an officer with the Boscawen Police Department, assaulted her four times in 1999. At the time she was 16 and was involved with the Police Explorer program, hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement.

LaRoche was 27 and 28 years old over the two months when the alleged assaults took place. Prosecutors say LaRoche was in a position of power and was a mentor to the victim.

The alleged victim took the stand Wednesday and said the first assault happened at night during a ride along. The victim said LaRoche stopped near the Boscawen boat ramp and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The woman said she did not report the incident and continued with the program because she was concerned about her career.

The alleged victim said three more assaults took place, one on the side of the road in his police cruiser and the others inside the Boscawen Police Department when no one was around.

"At one point he took out his baton and asked me if I would rather he use that and that was terrifying to me," she said.

LaRoche's attorney's have argued any contact was consensual.

The alleged victim is expected to take the stand again on Thursday.

The woman reported the assaults in 2013 when LaRoche was the Police Chief in Canterbury. He has since resigned and the chief's position has yet to be filled.

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