- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island state legislator accused of stealing a campaign sign says his political enemies are behind the bogus charges.

During a press conference outside East Providence City Hall Wednesday, Brian Coogan said the allegations are false and part of a witch hunt to get him.

Coogan was charged with attempted larceny, receiving stolen goods and conspiracy in connection with the attempted removal of a sign supporting city council candidate Bruce Rogers from a neighbor’s property on Oct. 18.

Police say witnesses reported that Coogan was responsible.

The 46-year-old shares a residence a few doors down from the alleged crime scene with Anna Sousa, Rogers’ opponent. Coogan called their relationship “private.”

Coogan, a Democrat, recently lost his bid for the House seat in District 64.

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