More Complaints Filed Over Ex-Police Chief
New London — Several more complaints have been filed with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office against former New London police chief David Seastrand, who resigned last week amid accusations he asked a woman his office had arrested to pose for nude photographs.
Those new complaints, if found to be warranted, could result in criminal charges, according to Associate Attorney General Jane Young. She said the deal Seastrand struck with officials last week — to retire in exchange for officials dropping their investigation only applied to that one incident.
“The negotiated resolution that we reached with him dealt solely and specifically with the complaint in regards to the March 6 incident,” Young said. “If other claimants come forward, we will investigate those and determine if charges are warranted.”
Young wouldn’t describe the nature of the new complaints or how many had been filed, saying only that “several” people had contacted her office. She did say the complaints were all in relation to Seastrand’s conduct and didn’t involve others in the department where he worked for 27 years, 17 as chief.
Richard Lehmann, the attorney representing the Colby-Sawyer College student who filed the first complaint, said he also has been contacted by several other individuals. But he declined to give further details because of the open investigation.
“I’m not surprised by anything that I’ve heard,” he said.
The woman who made the first complaint had been arrested in early March and charged with underage drinking and giving the police a false name. Lehmann said Seastrand called her several days later, on March 6, and asked her to come to the station.
There, he pressured her for three hours to pose for nude photographs in exchange for the charges against her being dropped, Lehmann said. He said the woman refused and filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office later that day. After an investigation, Seastrand agreed Thursday to resign and relinquish his police credentials.
The deal came three days after Seastrand suddenly announced his plans to retire, telling the town’s selectmen he would stay at his job through the end of the month. In his retirement letter, Seastrand didn’t give a reason for his decision. And at the time, Selectman Peter Bianchi said the chief was leaving on good terms.
After the accusations came to light, New London Town Administrator Kimberly Hallquist said she had been aware of the attorney general’s investigation since mid-March, though Seastrand hadn’t told her the nature of the complaint.