Jun 28, 2016 6:25 PM
UPDATE: John LaRoche is not guilty on all 9 charges of sexual assault
CONCORD — A jury found former police chief John LaRoche not guilty on nine charges in a sexual assault trial.
"I'm overjoyed, elated, just glad to have this off my shoulders," LaRoche said.
The woman in the case alleged LaRoche assaulted her four times in 1999. At the time of the allegations LaRoche was a 27 and 28-year-old officer at the Boscawen Police Department. The woman was a 16 year old police cadet under his supervision.
LaRoche was indicted on 9 counts, including felonious sexual assault. After 7 days of testimony jurors found LaRoche not guilty in about two hours.
"I've never been so happy to hear two words in my life," LaRoche said.
"The system worked, he was innocent of this," said his attorney Nicholas Brodich.
LaRoche admitted to one sexual encounter but has maintained it was a consensual act. Prosecutors tried to prove he used his position of power to coerce her. Prosecutors said they were disappointed but respected the jury's decision.
When asked outside the courthouse if he would go back into law enforcement LaRoche said no.
"I don't know where I'm going to go from here, first I'm just going to enjoy not having this hang over my head for a while," he said.