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December 13, 2013

Former cop arraigned in child sex assault

Gonzalez extradited from Florida, faces 14 charges in N.H.

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The arrest in the Florida case prompted Salem police to reopen their previous sexual assault investigation involving Gonzalez.

In March, Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten confirmed that his department received a report in 2005 of an incident involving Gonzalez and a child dating to 1994, but not reported to police for 11 years.

But based on allegations against Gonzalez last spring, Salem police decided to take another look at the complaint, Patten said.

Gonzalez also was investigated for possible sexual assault on a minor in Newton in 2005.

But the Rockingham County attorney’s office determined there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges forward in the Newton complaint, based on the age of the alleged victim, police Chief Lawrence Streeter said earlier this year,

As he sat in a Florida jail cell, Gonzalez was indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury in June. The indictments alleged he sexually assaulted the 11-year-old on 14 occasions between Nov. 1, 1992, and April 30, 1993.

Gonzalez was relieved of his duties as a police officer in December 2012 and placed on paid administrative leave.

He remained on the Lawrence Police Department’s payroll until July 1, when he was fired by Mayor William Lantigua.

In August, the city rejected a plea from the Lawrence Patrolmen’s Union to reinstate Gonzalez to his job.

Staff writer Jo-Anne MacKenzie contributed to this report.

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