- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The trial has started for a former police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl more than 10 years ago.

Lawyers on both sides agree that John LaRoche and the girl had sexual contact.

LaRoche’s lawyers say the woman, then a teenage Boscawen police cadet, willingly took part in their sexual encounters. LaRoche was a Boscawen police officer at the time and an adviser for the Explorer Program, a way for teens to learn about police work. The teen participated in the program. Prosecutors said LaRoche behaved coercively.

The 45-year-old LaRoche pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, attempted aggravated assault and sexual assault. He resigned as Canterbury police chief in January.

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