NH state representative charged with sexual assault of a minor

Henrietta Strickland
July 15, 2017

Portsmouth police investigated the case and the Rockingham County Attorney's Office said it will prosecute the offenses in Rockingham Superior Court.

A New Hampshire state representative from Hudson has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said Friday Schleien was released on personal recognizance bail and she expects an arraignment date to be set for August.

According to police documents, Schleien approached the teen at an Exeter cafe on July 20, 2016, and struck up a conversation after he noticed a political sticker on her laptop. The next day at 1:30 a.m., the 16-year-old girl told Portsmouth police that Schleien had assaulted her. The girl allegedly told him she needed to go home.

Schleien's attorney told authorities that his client denies any unwanted sexual contact. Schleien was arrested and charged in April and is scheduled to be arraigned August 2.

Schleien is in his second year as a state representative representing Hudson and Pelham.

New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper issued a statement Friday following Conway's announcement.

Messages were left for Schleien and his lawyer Friday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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