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Coffee shop worker charged with fouling cops' coffee

Union Leader Correspondent

July 28. 2011 8:28PM


JAFFREY - A former Dunkin' Donuts employee has been charged with adding 'nasal mucus' to the coffees of two town police officers.

Christopher Hildreth, 20, of Jaffrey was arrested last week on a warrant that charges him with two misdemeanor counts of attempted simple assault for an incident that took place last month in the doughnut shop.

According to the arrest affidavit, Detective Joseph Hileman and Lt. Terry Choate reported that on June 19 around 5:18 p.m. they went to the Dunkin' Donuts on Peterborough Street and ordered two cups of coffee from Hildreth.

Hildreth grabbed two coffee cups then went to the back room to make the coffee. The officers said in the affidavit that they found the behavior odd since they had ordered coffee from Hildreth before and had never seen him go out back to make the coffee.

The officers, though, were able to watch Hildreth's actions from a store-front video monitor that shows a view of the back room.

'Detective Hileman and Lt. Choate observed Hildreth put nasal mucus into their coffees.'

The officers did not say anything to Hildreth regarding the boogers, but later returned the coffees and contacted the manager to review the surveillance tapes.

When the officers reviewed the tape they were even more certain Hildreth had put the snot into their coffees.

Store manager Joanne Amato also reviewed the tape and terminated Hildreth shortly after viewing them because she also believed it showed Hildreth put nasal mucus into the coffee, the arrest affidavit said.

Hildreth was arrested July 21 and released on $1,500 personal recognizance. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 15 in district court.

On Thursday Hildreth said he has been advised by his lawyer not to comment on the charges.

Hileman declined to comment and referred questions to Police Chief William J. Oswalt, who said he would like to let the affidavit speak for itself.

'I will say for the record that if this allegation is proven to be true I think most people would find it to be pretty disgusting.'

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