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New Hampshire

December 26, 2013

Former Sandown police Sgt. accused of misconduct

Chief claims he falsified records


In court documents filed Dec. 19, Gordon and Sandown’s attorney, Andrew Livernois detail the allegations against Wood.

Livernois and Gordon declined to comment on the allegations and the lawsuit when reached Tuesday.

“I don’t care to talk about it,” Gordon said.

The court documents allege Wood, who joined the department as a patrolman in 2006 and was promoted to sergeant in 2008, lied about motor vehicle stops he made to “pad his statistics.”

An internal investigation showed the false information was recorded in the police department computer system “most likely on hundreds of different occasions,” the documents said.

Wood neither admitted nor denied the allegations against him and was told his name would be placed on the Laurie List, the documents said.

Gordon requested Wood’s resignation, which he gave, and reported the matter to the Police Standards and Training Council as required, the documents said.

The council later requested further explanation for Wood’s resignation.

Wood said he named the county attorney’s office and attorney general’s offices in the lawsuit because they are responsible in maintaining the Laurie List.

McHugh ruled on Monday that the county’s attorney’s office would be dismissed from the case because it is “merely the custodian of the Laurie List, not its creator.”

Interim County Attorney James Boffetti could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Nancy Smith, an attorney representing the attorney general’s office and Police Standards and Training Council, also could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

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