Former New Hampshire police chief faces sex assault charges


KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A former part-time police chief in western New Hampshire who was once suspected of murder has now been charged with sexually assaulting a minor.

State police say 64-year-old Robert Chambers of Swanzey has been indicted on seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He’s accused of abusing the underage victim between 1994 and 2000.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2aJPgAI ) that in 1988, Chambers was arrested for the murder of his friend, Russell Bean. Bean had disappeared in 1978, and his body was found a decade later in Chambers’ yard. Chambers was the police chief in Marlow at the time. The charge was dropped after a grand jury failed to indict him.

It’s unclear whether Chambers has an attorney. He was arrested Tuesday and is due in court Wednesday.

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