Jun 23, 2016 6:29 PM

Ex-chief LaRoche apologizes in audio recording played at his sexual assault trial

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CONCORD — In the trial of the former police chief accused of sexually assaulting a teenage cadet in 1999, defense attorneys cross examined the alleged victim Thursday.

The woman, now 33 years old, said John LaRoche - who was then an officer with the Boscawen Police Department - assaulted her four times over a two-month period.

The woman said she never filed a report because she still wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement for years after the alleged assaults.

“He had threatened me to not say anything, and he was the police. I didn’t think anyone would believe me," she said. "I was a 16-year-old kid, and he was a cop.”

Prosecutors say LaRoche was in a position of power and was a mentor to the victim.

During cross examination, LaRoche’s defense attorneys questioned the woman’s timeline and asked specific details about each incident.

She said one incident involved LaRoche forcing her to perform oral sex on him near the Boscawen boat ramp. 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.

When the woman contacted police in 2014, the Attorney General’s office fitted her with a wire and asked her to have a conversation with LaRoche at the Canterbury Police Department where he was the chief at the time.

LaRoche can be heard apologizing in an audio recording played for the jury.

“That was the dumbest thing we ever could have done,” he said.

Later in the recording the woman says “It’s why I didn’t become a cop.”

“OK, I can understand that,” he said.

“We were both there, I don’t think either one of us were in a really good place in our head,” he said.

“I was a teenager,” the woman said.

“You were a teenager and I was a stressed out, stupid (inaudible),” he said.

Later in the recording the woman references a conversation they had about the age of consent.

“You could royally get back at me if you wanted, but I hope you wouldn’t. I mean, like I said, I’m sorry,” he said.

“I do apologize if I messed up your life at all,” he continues.

“But I am happy to hear that you got yourself –“ She interrupts.

“I’m in a good place,” she said.

LaRoche is expected to take the stand either Friday or Monday.

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