Hudson state representative reaches plea deal in 2016 sexual assault case
BRENTWOOD – In the wake of Friday’s plea agreement that sends him to jail for at least 30 days, State Rep. Eric Schleien, a Republican who represents Hudson and Pelham, is facing pressure from officials of both parties to resign.
Schleien, 30, whose address is listed as 26A Pine Road in some documents and 825 Fox Hollow Drive in others, entered a guilty plea to one count of simple assault, a Class A misdemeanor, in exchange for a 12-month jail term, with six months suspended, and a provision that allows him to apply for release under house arrest after 30 days.
A second count of simple assault, along with one count of sexual assault, were dismissed as part of the agreement.
Rockingham County Superior Court Judge William Delker accepted the plea agreement Friday, about 18 months after Schleien was charged with the three offenses.
He was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Exeter, according to the charging documents.
Indications are that Schleien, who is nearing the end of his second two-year term in the House, will not seek a third term.
Although the present term ends in just over a month, Gov. Chris Sununu and other top office holders are nevertheless calling for him to resign.
He is one of 11 state representatives for Hillsborough District 37, which represents residents of Hudson and Pelham.
Schleien had previously reached a plea deal with Rockingham County prosecutors, but Delker rejected it, in part because it involved no jail time.
The case was also headed to trial at one point several months ago, but it was taken off the docket as the parties worked on a new plea agreement.
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