Jun 20, 2016 7:02 PM
CONCORD – The trial has begun for a former police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old taking part in the Police Explorer program more than a decade and a half ago.
John LaRoche, 44, the former Canterbury Police Chief is indicted for sexually assaulting a teenage girl between 1999-2000. LaRoche was then an officer at the Boscawen Police Department.
The victim, who is now in her 30’s, came forward in 2013 and said LaRoche engaged in sexual conduct without her consent over a two-month span. LaRoche was 27- and 28-years-old at the time.
The state says LaRoche was in a position of power and was a mentor to the victim.
“It is about the defendant's abuse of his power, the power that came with his position, his uniform, his badge and his gun,” said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Wolford.
Defense attorney Nick Brodich said the girl was willing and questioned why she didn’t come forward until years later.
Jurors toured the former Boscawen Police Department and the town boat ramp where the victim said some of the assaults took place.
The state must prove that LaRoche used his position of power to coerce the victim into sexual acts.
LaRoche resigned from the Canterbury Police Department in January. The position has yet to be filled.
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