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July 20, 2012

Windham selectman investigated for witness tampering

WINDHAM -- Witness tampering is the new allegation against Selectman Ross McLeod.

An affidavit on file in Concord Circuit Court shows investigators seized a laptop and cell phone when they search McLeod's home and vehicles Wednesday for email evidence in their ongoing gambling probe of McLeod.

Attorney General's Office investigator Allison Vachon, in her affidavit applying for the search warrant, said there is probable cause to believe McLeod used his Comcast email account to commit the crime of tampering with witnesses.

"There is further probable cause to believe that (McLeod) attempted to induce or otherwise cause other participants in the league to withhold information from the investigation," Vachon wrote.

She quoted from an email McLeod sent other participants in the league, acknowledging the attorney general's investigation of him.

"I don't know if anyone will try to contact you via your email addresses," McLeod wrote. "If anyone does, please let me know ASAP and do not respond to them."

In February, McLeod quit his job as assistant Hillsborough County prosecutor when political activist Corey Lewandowski obtained and released copies of McLeod's work emails that showed him corresponding about a fantasy football league and town politics.

McLeod later tried to withdraw his resignation, but County Attorney Dennis Hogan refused and asked the attorney general to review the matter.

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