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UPDATED: Manchester police officer acquitted in assault case

Union Leader Correspondent

March 30. 2014 9:42PM

HOOKSETT  — Manchester police officer William Soucy has been found not guilty of charges he assaulted his former girlfriend.
A Hooksett District Court judge acquitted Soucy late last week of the misdemeanor charge, ruling that reasonable doubt existed as to whether prosecutors had proved their case,
The allegations against Soucy became part of a political firestorm involving Alderman Joe Kelly Levasseur and Police Chief David Mara, which culminated in the Board of Mayor and Aldermen censuring Levasseur.
In a short explanation included with her decision in the jury-waived trial, Judge Kristen Spath said “the court finds that reasonable doubt remained as to how the cut or scratch occurred” on Jodi Nunn’s hand.
Spath’s verdict also said there was reasonable doubt as to whether Soucy’s mental state led him to “knowingly and recklessly” hurt his ex-girlfriend.
During the three-hour trial on March 24, Nunn testified that Soucy had injured her hand and wrist while attempting to wrestle a bag of personal belongings from her during the incident last April,
Nunn claimed that Soucy had pinned her with his forearm while attempting to grab the bag, causing her hand to become bruised and bloody.
Prosecutor Kimberly Chabot said Soucy was attempting to remove a bag containing an Apple TV from Nunn’s hand.
Hooksett Police Sgt. Janet Bouchard, who investigated the case, testified that Soucy said he was pushed and kicked in the shin by Nunn before she “barreled into him” while exiting through the front door of his home.
Levasseur represented Nunn in connection with the incident. Levasseur claimed that Manchester police responded to the charges against Soucy by attempting to intimidate him, an allegation rejected by Attorney General Joseph Foster.
The 18-page report from Foster led to the aldermen voting in February to censure their colleague over his conduct.
Soucy, who was released on his own recognizance last July, continued to work in an administrative capacity at police headquarters while the case was pending.
Union Leader Staff Writer Bill Smith contributed to this report.

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