On Tuesday, August 4 Canterbury Police Chief John Laroche, 44, was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl sometime between January 1, 1999 and August 3, 2000. At the time of the alleged assault, the victim was reported to be 16 or 17 years old.
Laroche, who was charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, allegedly assaulted the victim in the vicinity of the boat ramp in Boscawen, according to a news article at Concord Patch. Attorney General Joseph A. Foster said that at the time, Laroche was a police officer with the Boscawen Police Dept; he also oversaw the Boscawen Police Explorer Program, a program the alleged victim was a member of. Foster claims that Laroche used his authority to coerce the girl into submitting to the sexual assault.
The victim did not report the sexual assault until September of last year, at which time she reported it to the Boscawen Police. An investigation began after the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office was notified of the incident. Laroche is currently held on a $5,000 cash bail, and scheduled for arraignment on August 5 in Franklin District Court.
In New Hampshire, aggravated felonious sexual assault is a Class A felony punishable by fines of up to $4,000 and a maximum range of between 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison. However, a subsequent conviction on the same charges can result in life in prison, or even the death penalty.
Sex crimes are punished harshly in every state in the U.S. In Michigan, for example, someone found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct or rape may face life in prison. In cases involving a victim who is younger than 13, the offender will face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison if found guilty.
While many individuals are victims of rape and other sex crimes, there are people who are falsely accused of committing these heinous crimes as well. In some cases, a person may allege he/she was sexually assaulted out of revenge. Often times two adults may engage in heavy drinking or partying, with one of the parties claiming sexual assault after the fact although sexual relations were actually consensual. These types of cases are extremely delicate, as an innocent individual could potentially find him- or herself behind bars for a very long time, perhaps even life.
If you have been accused of sexual assault, consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney who will fight vigorously to protect your freedom, reputation, and future.