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Mar 29, 2016 2:14 PM

Ex-Canterbury police chief charged with sex assault wants therapist's records

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The former Canterbury police chief accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl more than 10 years ago wants to know what she's been telling her therapist.

The Concord Monitor reports John LaRoche's attorney argued Monday at a hearing in Concord that reviewing the woman's conversations should be permitted because they could prove that the alleged acts were consensual.

Prosecutors countered that the therapist-client relationship is normally protected by federal privacy laws and that applies in this case. Attorney Nick Brodich says this situation is unique because the woman began seeing the counselor at the state's recommendation.

LaRoche says his defense intends to prove that the woman, then a teenage Boscawen police cadet, willingly took part in their sexual encounters. He's pleaded not guilty and resigned as chief in January.

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