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January 15, 2014

Salem police officer charged with simple assault

SALEM, N.H. — Salem police Officer Joseph Freda is on unpaid leave and charged with two counts of simple assault, stemming from an arrest he made Oct. 6.

The Attorney General's Office issued a statement this afternoon, saying its investigation led to Freda's arrest today.

The charges allege Freda struck Thomas Templeton in the head with a flashlight and stepped on his hand when Templeton was handcuffed and sitting on the ground.

Freda will be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.

Salem police, in a written release, said Freda was placed on paid leave in late October and the department "cooperated fully" with the attorney general's investigation.

After conducting its own internal investigation, the Salem Police Department put Freda on unpaid leave earlier this month.

An administrative hearing in the matter is scheduled for next week.

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