MANCHESTER, NH – Two Manchester police officers fired earlier this year have been named in a lawsuit filed with the city, accusing them of rape.
According to this June 16 story in the NH Union Leader, former undercover Det. Darren Murphy and former Det. Aaron Brown in 2009 forced a woman facing charges to have sex with them in exchange for getting the charges dropped.
A statement issued by Manchester Police Department’s Lt. Brian O’Keefe on June 17 follows:
The Manchester Police Department has been – and will continue to be – transparent in each and every incident involving our personnel. The incident involving Mr. Aaron Brown and Mr. Darren Murphy was investigated immediately once our agency was notified of the allegations.
Furthermore, we immediately notified all prosecutorial agencies about the allegations, which included the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General, the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and Manchester City Solicitor’s Office.
Chief Nick WIllard took swift and immediate disciplinary action following an internal investigation, which prompted the termination of Mr. Brown and Mr. Murphy. An active and ongoing criminal investigation followed the termination of Mr. Brown and Mr. Murphy.
To maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal and civil investigation, we are unable to make further comments at this time. All criminal press inquiries shall be directed to the Stratford County Attorney’s Office while all civil questions shall be directed to the Manchester City Solicitor’s Office.
The suit, filed by Attorney Olivier Sakellarious, claims his client, Amanda Rogers, and another woman were forced by Brown to “show him their breasts in order to secure bail and prevent him from notifying their probation officer,” and “using his authority, demanded that she have sex with him” following a meeting he arranged with her while in uniform, at Billy’s Sports Bar.
Rogers claims in the suit that she also engaged in a sexual relationship with Murphy between October 2017 and April 2018 based on Murphy’s claim to her that he “could get a Hillsborough County prosecutor who specializes in drug prosecutions to drop charges and pull strings to have Rogers released on personal recognizance bail.”
Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan declined to comment, and referred questions to Strafford County Attorney Thomas Velardi, who issued the following statement to ManchesterInkLink:
“The NH Attorney General has appointed the Strafford County Attorney or designee to act as a special Hillsborough County Attorney to review allegations regarding possible misconduct by two former Manchester Police Officers. The purpose of this review is to determine whether either officer committed acts which would be provable crimes under the New Hampshire criminal code. This is an active investigation and accordingly, no further comment can be made at this time under the New Hampshire Rules of professional conduct.”
Read the full story by reporter Mark Hayward here at the NH Union Leader.