New London, NH police chief out over alleged indecent proposal

David Seastrand
Disgraced from New London Police Chief David Seastrand

A New Hampshire police chief accused of offering to drop charges against a college student if he allowed her to take nude photos of her has resigned this week while escaping criminal charges.

Chief David Seastrand, a 27-year veteran of the New London police department, resigned on Thursday following a March 6 complaint by a woman whom he had arrested a few days earlier

As reported in the Union Leader

NEW LONDON – Police Chief David Seastrand resigned Thursday as part of a negotiated agreement with the Attorney General’s Office after a woman he had arrested claimed he asked her to pose for nude pictures in exchange for dropping the charges.

“Based on this complaint, a criminal investigation was initiated,” Attorney General Michael A. Delaney said. “Given this resolution, the state’s investigation will be concluded and criminal charges will not be brought in regard to Seastrand’s conduct on March 6.”

Numerous factors were considered in deciding not to continue with a criminal prosecution, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said. “But basically, we have a complainant and a police chief, and no witnesses to what happened,” she said.

Authorities concluded that in this case, having Seastrand agree to relinquish his police career was enough.  “He is out of law enforcement now,” Young said.

Lehmann said his client “understands and respects” the state’s decision, but she will pursue the case further.

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