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July 02. 2014 7:32PM

UNH basketball staffer pleads no contest to resisting arrest


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BRENTWOOD — A former University of New Hampshire basketball staffer who was under investigation for allegedly photographing male basketball players while they were in the locker room received a suspended sentence for resisting arrest.

Scott Weitzell, 50, of Newmarket, pleaded no contest in 10th Circuit Court, Exeter Division, to a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge stemming from a Feb. 21 search warrant being executed at his home.

A judge found him guilty of the charge. Weitzell received a suspended 180-day jail sentence so long he remains on good behavior for a year, according to court records.

Prosecutors agreed to drop a felony falsifying physical evidence charge against him as part of a May 15 plea agreement. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the felony.

Weitzell was accused by Newmarket police of keeping his cellphone out of the hands of police officers when they came to his Elm Street home on Feb. 21 with a search warrant. Police at the time were investigating whether Weitzell took photographs and video of players after a basketball game at the University of Vermont on Jan. 20.

Weitzell, a former Newmarket youth coach, was a part-time director of operations at UNH’s men’s basketball at the time. He was suspended Feb. 21 and then fired four days later.

The search warrant allowed police to seize Weitzell’s cellphone and other evidence. Investigators wanted to examine the phone to see whether it had been used to record images in the locker room assigned to UNH players during the UVM game.

Police have not said whether the phone was ever recovered.

Weitzell was accused of concealing his cellphone from police “while it was the subject of a search warrant and criminal investigation,” to purposely keep it out of the hands of police, according to a court complaint.

Police had also charged Weitzell with resisting arrest for allegedly refusing to place his hands behind his back when a detective tried to take him into custody during the search, court records indicate.

jkimble@newstote.com


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