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Ex-Manchester officer's rape, wiretapping charges dropped

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

May 16. 2017 11:10PM

MANCHESTER — Implicated in rape and wiretapping last year by his ex-employer, former Manchester police officer George Mallios had all charges against him dropped on Tuesday, according to lawyers on both sides of the case.

A Strafford County prosecutor, who handled the case because of a potential conflict with Hillsborough County prosecutors, said she made the “difficult decision” to drop the charges, after deciding the case could not be won at trial.

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Conant said new information emerged in the case. She would not provide details. “The reason we dropped the charges has nothing to do with false allegations,” she said.

But defense attorney Jaye Rancourt said she provided prosecutors with text messages between Mallios and the supposed victim that shed doubt on the woman’s version of events. Rancourt faulted police for not interviewing Mallios about the rape allegation.

“From our perspective, the Manchester Police Department did not do a thorough job investigating these allegations,” Rancourt said. “If they had, maybe they would not have charged him in the first place.”

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said he couldn’t comment on the case because he had yet to speak to prosecutors.

Conant said Manchester police did a great job investigating the case.

According to previous articles, Mallios and Jennifer Mallios are involved in an acrimonious divorce, which has included disputes over child support, stalking, child custody and child exchanges. Manchester police fired Mallios last June after allegations of the wiretapping emerged, Rancourt said.

But Rancourt said the 2015 wiretapping took place in front of the Mallios home when Jennifer Mallios was screaming loud enough that neighbors heard her.

“She’s in a public place yelling and screaming and he’s recording it,” Rancourt said. One has no expectation of privacy in such circumstances, she said.

Mallios, who is now working as an accountant, worked as a Manchester police officer for nine years. He is challenging his termination. His lawyer in that case — Jake Krupski of Concord — did not return at call.

Rancourt said Mallios feels bittersweet about the ordeal. “He’s obviously very happy the charges have been dismissed, but by the same token this has destroyed his life,” she said.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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