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Enfield police chief placed on leave due to ongoing investigation

Union Leader Correspondent

March 12. 2018 8:18PM

ENFIELD — Enfield Police Chief Richard Crate was placed on leave last week after town officials were contacted by the NH Attorney General’s Office.

“We were notified by the State Attorney General’s Office about an ongoing investigation,” Enfield Town Manager Ryan Aylesworth said Monday.

Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said, “It’s a physical assault of his minor child, his son.”

To protect the integrity of the investigation, Ward said, he could give no other details such as when or where the alleged assault took place.

The reported assault is being investigated by state police and the NH Attorney General’s office, Ward said.

“Our office handles ... public integrity matters with any elected or public officials accused of wrongdoing,” he said.

Aylesworth said Crate is not being investigated by the town.

“What either happened or is alleged to have happened didn’t take place in his official duties,” Aylesworth said.

Enfield Police Detective Sgt. Roy Holland has been appointed acting police chief in Crate’s absence.

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