Wihby strikes plea deal to lesser charge of lewdness in April arrest

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David Wihby
David Wihby

MANCHESTER, NH – Former city official David Wihby, arrested in Nashua on April 3 for alleged solicitation of a prostitute, has brokered a plea deal to a lesser charge of “attempted lewdness.” It will cost him $1,000 and no jail time.

According to the NH Union Leader, the deal was accepted by Judge Michael Ryan of the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.

Wihby, 62, who tendered his resignation from the Manchester school board, was initially charged with one misdemeanor count of prostitution and related offenses.

According to a police report filed April 7, 2015, Mayor Ted Gatsas was credited with performing lifesaving CPR on Wihby after an apparent overdose of prescription medication at his home.

Wihby, a former city alderman for 18 years, was vice chair of the Manchester School Board, to which he was elected in 2011 as a member at-large.

He has also served as Deputy Labor Commissioner for the state of New Hampshire and then interim commissioner, when Commissioner George Copadis left for the Department of Security in 2012. Wihby stepped down from that post after James Craig was named permanent commissioner in June of 2013.

Following his arrest, Wihby also resigned his post as state director for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, to which he was appointed in February 2014.

Nashua police used a “confidential informant” to pose online as a prostitute in the sweep at the Hampton Inn, 407 Amherst St, which resulted in the arrest of 10 men at two Nashua hotels, including Wihby. The sting operation was set up after complaints from local hotels about alleged prostitution activities.

The Union Leader reports that the Nashua Police Department’s legal bureau agreed with Wihby’s request for a plea deal.

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