Danville selectmen to seek ouster of fellow board member involved in assault
Harding, 36, of 23 Coburn Hill Road, pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge on June 12. He admitted that he grabbed a 13-year-old boy by the back of the neck during a town movie night at Day Field last August.
Contacted Wednesday afternoon by phone, Harding declined to comment on the situation and his status as a selectman because he said he was "at work."
Because he is an elected official, selectmen don't have authority to remove him from office.
On Monday, selectmen asked if he planned to resign. O'Neil said he told them "no."
Harding also didn't want to discuss his guilty plea at the meeting when O'Neil asked if he had anything he wanted to say.
At a selectmen's meeting following the assault, Harding told the board that he "touched" the teenager, but in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, he admitted that he pushed the boy away from town movie equipment because he thought he was going to tamper with it.
In addition to his suspected jail sentence, Harding was also ordered not to go near the teenager or his family and must receive an anger management evaluation. He must also complete five hours of community service as well and was given a $645 fine, most of which was suspended.
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