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U.S. Attorney for NH John P. Kacavas to step down

April 10. 2015 7:52AM

CONCORD — John Kacavas will step down as the top federal prosecutor in New Hampshire next week to take a job as the chief legal counsel for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

"It is with no small measure of sadness that I resign as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire," he said in a prepared statement. "It has been my profound honor and privilege to serve in this role and to work with the many dedicated federal, state, and local law enforcement agents and officers who help to make New Hampshire's quality of life second to none."

Kacavas will oversee all legal services at the hospital, including risk management, government relations, claims management and other departments.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. said it was with "no small measure of sadness" that he accepted Kacavas' resignation.

"(His) impressive record of public service has reflected his dynamic leadership, his consummate skill, and his unshakeable devotion to justice in the face of pressing concerns and daunting challenges," Holder said.

Following his nomination by President Obama and unanimous Senate confirmation, Kacavas was sworn in on Aug. 13, 2009.

During his tenure, Kacavas targeted Internet crimes against children and child predators as top priorities, personally prosecuting high-profile offenders, including John Allen Wright -- a school bus driver who videotaped himself sexually assaulting several non-verbal autistic boys.

He also prosecuted Lisa Biron, a Manchester attorney who transported a girl to Canada to manufacture child pornography.

He made cybercrime a top priority. His office prosecuted a number of cybercriminals, including three Romanian citizens who remotely hacked into several hundred U.S. merchants' point of sale systems, including 250 Subway restaurant franchises, and stole payment card data belonging to more than 100,000 cardholders, resulting in losses of more than $17.5 million.

Kacavas also oversaw the investigation and prosecution of David Kwiatkowski, an Exeter Hospital radiologic technician who infected 45 patients in multiple states with Hepatitis C. Kwiatkowski was given a 39-year federal sentence.

Kacavas leaves his current job next Friday. He’ll have two days over the weekend to get ready for his new job, which starts April 20.

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