Jun 24, 2016 6:48 PM

Ex-police chief on trial for sexual assault claims encounters were 'consensual'

CONCORD — Jurors in the trial of a former Canterbury police chief accused of sexual assault heard a recorded interview between the defendant and investigators where he admits to sexual contact with the alleged victim.

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 was 16-years-old, LaRoche was 27- and 28-years-old. She said she never filed a report because she still wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement for years after the alleged assaults.

In an audio recording with investigators from the Attorney General’s office investigators ask LaRoche about sexual contact with the alleged victim and he regrets it, but maintains that it was consensual. LaRoche admits to having the girl perform oral sex on him near the Boscawen boat ramp, but says he never forced her.

The victim testified he was forceful and she was following commands of her supervisor.

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. In the audio recording LaRoche said he had no recollection of those instances.

The trial will continue Monday.

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