State rep. may seek plea deal on sex assault chargesBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
April 11. 2018 11:13PM
BRENTWOOD — Hudson state Rep. Eric Schleien may negotiate a deal with county prosecutors after he was arrested last year on charges he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
The 30-year-old Republican legislator was scheduled to face trial last week on one count of sexual assault and two counts of simple assault, but it was called off.
Philip Utter, Schleien’s Manchester attorney, recently filed a motion in Rockingham County Superior Court seeking more time to try to work out an agreement.
“The parties are working towards a negotiated resolution. Additional time is needed prior to finalizing the resolution,” he wrote.
Schleien waived his right to a speedy trial.
Utter declined to comment on any negotiations Wednesday afternoon.
Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Melissa Fales confirmed that efforts were underway to negotiate a deal, but offered no specifics on any potential agreement.
Schleien, who represents Hudson and Pelham, is in his second term in the House and serves on the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee.
Schleien, who previously pleaded not guilty, has remained in his position as a state representative while the case has made its way through the court system.
He was charged after an investigation that began when the alleged 16-year-old victim told authorities she was assaulted by Schleien in Portsmouth in 2016.
According to authorities, the teen said she met Schleien at an Exeter cafe in July 2016 and that they discussed politics and her interest in possibly launching a political career. The teen alleges that Schleien assaulted her when they got together for a second time.