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Police chief accused of harassment quits

April 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM   |   Comments

NEW LONDON, N.H., April 5 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire police chief has resigned after being accused of pressuring a college student charged with underage drinking to pose nude, officials say.

The state attorney general announced Thursday that David Seastrand, a 27-year veteran of the New London police department, had agreed to give up his job immediately in exchange for avoiding prosecution.

Earlier this week, Seastrand told the New London board of selectmen he was retiring at the end of the month, the Concord Monitor reported

Richard Lehman, a lawyer representing the Colby-Sawyer College student who reported Seastrand, said she was arrested for underage drinking and for giving a false name to police. He said that three days later Seastrand asked her to come to the police station and spent three hours harassing her.

"There was an extended attempt to bargain away her criminal charges in exchange for her allowing herself to be photographed naked," Lehmann said. "Obviously she refused."

Seastrand has headed the police department in New London, a town of just over 4,000 people in southern New Hampshire, since 1995.

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