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February 12. 2014 2:55PM

AG calls Alderman Levasseur 'untruthful' over charge that union chief poked him

MANCHESTER — The state's top investigator said Wednesday that Manchester Alderman Joe Kelly Levasseur was "untruthful" when he made allegations that the president of the Manchester police patrolman's union poked him during a heated conversation outside City Hall more than a year ago.

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster also dismissed Levasseur's allegations that Manchester police interfered with an investigation by Hooksett police into allegations of a domestic assault involving a Manchester police officer.

The investigation involved interviews with 15 witnesses but bogged down when Levasseur refused follow-up interviews for four months, according to a statement issued by Foster.

No evidence suggests that Officer Steve Maloney or the Manchester Police Department committed any criminal act alleged by Levasseur, the statement reads.

"On the contrary, all evidence suggested that Levasseur was untruthful in his claims that he was poked or touched by Officer Maloney on January 15, 2013," the statement reads. The Attorney General considered charges against Levasseur that he filed a false report, but decided there was not enough evidence to do so.

The investigation stated after the Jan. 15, 2013, confrontation, when Levasseur claimed Maloney poked him and placed his hands on him. Levasseur went on to make further allegations:

• That Chief David Mara covered up an investigation into a Manchester police officer's actions during Dec. 18, 2012.

• That Mara and Deputy Chief Nick Willard intimidated Levasseur at his restaurant.

• That Manchester police interfered with an assault investigation by the Hooksett Police Department pertaining to a Manchester officer.

The investigation is closed and Levasseur's complaints were determined unfounded.


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