NH lawmaker denies sexual assault allegations
PORTLAND (WGME) -- A New Hampshire state law maker has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
The charges against State Rep. Eric Schleien were filed at Rockingham County Superior Court Thursday almost a year after the alleged incident.
Eric Schleien is a New Hampshire State Representative from Hudson and is currently serving his second term in the House.
He’s charged with misdemeanor sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor simple assault.
Prosecutors haven't released many details about the alleged assault, but say the charges stem from an incident involving a 16-year-old in Portsmouth last July.
After a lengthy investigation, Portsmouth police originally charged Schleien back in April, but after a review, the county says they decided to file new charges in superior court to show the severity of the alleged crimes.
Schleien's lawyer tells the Associated Press his client adamantly denies the allegations and is cooperating with authorities and expects to be fully vindicated.
Schleien is currently out on bail, his next court date has yet to be scheduled. CBS 13 reached out to him Friday for comment, but we've yet to hear back.