Openly transgender woman, elected to NH Legislature, arrested in Nashua bomb threat
NASHUA - An openly transgender woman who was elected to the New Hampshire Legislature in 2012 has been arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat to a hospital.
Stacie Laughton, 31, of 243 Main St., Apt. 21, Nashua, charging her with false report as to explosives, a class B felony. Laughton turned herself in to the Nashua Police Department on an active arrest warrant at approximately 11:58 a.m.
Police said the threat was made to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, 8 Prospect St., around 8:36 a.m. Feb. 27.
In a statement on her Facebook page, Laughton said she is dealing with mental illness and has sought treatment.
"2 weeks ago I had a bad break with my bipolar and did something that was not me and out of character for me and the police are very understanding," Laughton wrote. "I have fully worked with police and have admitted my wrong doing. I went away for 2 weeks to get help and treatment for my mental illness. I am better and I am safe. I have no thoughts of doing anything on impulse and no thoughts of self harm. ... I need thoughts and prayers. Please and thank you. I love you all."
Laughton has been released on $50,000 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled to appear in Nashua district court on April 16.
A class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine.