Nov 6, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Parents of chief's accuser praise her
Through their lawyer, Attorney Richard Lehmann of Douglas, Leonard, and Garvey in Concord, Todd and Cynthia Westfall of Bridgewater issued a statement supporting their daughter, Janelle Westfall, a Colby-Sawyer College student.
"We are extremely proud of Janelle's courage in coming forward during such a frightening situation," they said in the statement. "Her concern from the beginning was to prevent this from happening to others."
Seastrand resigned on April 4 as part of a negotiated agreement with the Attorney General's Office after an investigation into his actions on March 6, the day that Janelle Westfall claims he asked her to pose nude for photos in exchange for having her charges dropped.
Westfall was arrested for underage alcohol possession and giving a false name to police, according to her lawyer, who said he will be filing a civil suit on her behalf against the chief in the days ahead.
Seastrand, 50, who had announced his retirement to the town on April 1 without giving a reason, has not spoken publicly since his departure from town, where he served as chief since 1995 and was a police officer since 1986.
His attorney, Nicholas Brodich of Tarbell and Brodich in Concord, has said his client does not want to "try" the case alleged by Westfall in the news media, and said Seastrand would not speak on the matter at present.
The Attorney General's Office said at least four women have come forward since Seastrand's resignation with complaints about his conduct, and authorities are now investigating those claims.
On April 5, with full knowledge of news accounts of the attorney general's investigation and Seastrand's resignation, the town's selectmen issued a public statement of support for Seastrand.
"Chief Seastrand has indicated that due to an investigation undertaken by the state Attorney General's Office, he is unable to give his full focus to his duties as chief . The selectmen reiterate their strong support for Chief Seastrand and appreciation for his service to the town of New London for the past 27 years," the statement said.
In their statement Thursday, Westfall's parents were thankful for support their daughter has received.
"We are thankful for the support she is receiving from the great number of those that know, love and respect her as well as from a great number of strangers from across the country.
They said their daughter was home-schooled for five years through the accredited Central Christian Academy where she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. "Over the years she had the opportunity to volunteer many times in her community working with young children," they said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Judge OKs early release for former teacher convicted of possessing child porn - 0
- Nashua man indicted for allegedly shooting girlfriend - 0
- Manchester 7-Eleven robbed for fourth time - 0
- Manchester couple faces robbery, theft charges after Salem mall incident - 0
- Chainsaw-wielding man facing multiple charges over Sept. incident - 0
- Woman faces assault charge after Monopoly game gets out of hand - 14
- Plea deal gives shooter 15-30 years in 2012 death of Manchester man - 0
- Missouri governor urges calm ahead of grand jury decision on shooting; findings to be announced at 9 p.m. - 0
- Two Manchester brothers indicted in Nashua drive-by shooting - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: It took a while, but now they're on Wright track - 0
- Newmarket blacksmith has forged a career shaping the elementsof steel - 0
- Kathy Sullivan: We need to rethink some of our county government positions - 0
- Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass. - 0
- H.S. Football Power Poll: No doubt - Astros finish on top - 0
- College Hockey: Wildcats home to RPI on Tuesday night - 0
- Manchester school board OK's contract for driver’s ed program - 0
- Unrest erupts after grand jury decides against charges in Ferguson, Mo., shooting - 0
- Malkin, Crosby foil Bruins in overtime - 0
Clinton has 'historic' lead in poll
Sources say former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card to be tapped as Franklin Pierce president
Randy Johnson, Pedro, Smoltz lead HOF ballot
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483