- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

CANTERBURY, N.H. (AP) - A petition is seeking to disband a town police department after the police chief was accused of sexual assault.

Canterbury Police Chief John LaRoche was indicted last month after he was accused of forcing a teenage girl to perform sex acts on him more than a decade ago when he worked in Boscawen. He has pleaded not guilty.

Selectmen Chairman Bob Steenson says the petition seeks to replace police with state or county law enforcement. He said he hasn’t received specific complaints about the department.

The decision would go before the town. Supporters need 25 signatures to put it up for a vote.

Proponents tell the Concord Monitor (https://bit.ly/1HCWu7v ) that the petition has gathered at least 70 signatures. They say state police are more reliable in an emergency.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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