Jan 26, 2016 11:45 AM

Canterbury police chief John Laroche resigns amid aggravated sexual assault charges


CANTERBURY - Embattled police Chief John LaRoche has resigned.

LaRoche, who reportedly resigned Monday night, has been on administrative leave since August after he was charged with aggravated sexual assault.

He is alleged to have pressured a teenage girl, then 16, to perform oral sex on him and to engage in other sexual conduct when he was on duty and she was participating in a police explorer program under his supervision.

The alleged assaults took place in 1999 and 2000.

A Merrimack County grand jury indicted LaRoche on seven counts of aggravated sexual assault in October.

LaRoche has pleaded not guilty, arguing the acts were consensual.

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