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January 18, 2014

Suspended Rockingham County employees resign

Reid cleared of any criminal wrongdoing

BRENTWOOD — Two longtime employees of the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office have resigned amid an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

Deputy County Attorney Thomas Reid, second in command after suspended County Attorney James Reams, submitted his resignation yesterday afternoon, according to Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards.

In a brief statement, Edwards said Reid was exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.

“Mr. Reid was not the target of a criminal investigation and our investigation has not revealed any evidence that he engaged in any criminal conduct,” Edwards said. “Mr. Reid has cooperated during our investigation, and we anticipate he will continue to cooperate with our ongoing investigation.”

Reid’s departure from the office after 15 years comes only a day after Rockingham County commissioners accepted the resignation of victim witness advocate Tara Longo.

Longo also stepped down from her position after 15 years amid concerns about her credibility. Reid, Longo and Reams were placed on administrative leave by county commissioners in November, following allegations of “management and operational issues” within the office.

Attorney General Joseph Foster also revoked Reams’ authority as a prosecutor. Allegations of sexual harassment by Reams against female employees and the improper diversion of money in the office later surfaced.

Reams claims he is innocent. He is fighting for reinstatement and trying to salvage his reputation as the county’s top prosecutor.

A Merrimack County Superior Court judge was to hear Reams’ reinstatement request Tuesday. But Edwards said yesterday the state and Reams’ attorney, Michael Ramsdell, have asked the hearing to be rescheduled while the criminal investigation continues.

Edwards refrained from speaking further about Reid.

But Brian Quirk, Reid’s attorney, issued a statement on behalf of his client.

“The manner in which the investigation has been handled has taken a significant toll on my family,” Reid said. “I also recognize that a continued suspension with pay is unfair to the taxpayers of Rockingham County. Therefore, I have resigned effective today.”

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