Nadeau resigns from board

Hudson | School board member is facing domestic assault charges.

Telegraph file photo Benjamin J. Nadeau, 41, of 71 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson

HUDSON – Embattled Hudson School Board member Benjamin J. Nadeau formally stepped down Monday night from the board three weeks before he expects to plead guilty to domestic assault and violating court protective orders charges.

A letter from Nadeau, 41, was read aloud at the start of the board meeting in which he states he cannot serve the trust of the voters at this time and submitted his immediate resignation. He hopes to return to public service when he can do it “to the best of my ability.”

Patty Langlais, chairwoman of the board, read the letter in the first two minutes of Monday’s meeting.

“We wish Ben well,” she said. Langlais told the board they will allow the Town Meeting election to take place and then address the remaining year of Nadeau’s term.

Prior to his time on the school board, Nadeau served on the Board of Selectmen beginning in 2005. He has also served on Hudson’s budget committee and is active in several civic and fraternal organizations and volunteer causes within the region.

Prosecutors and Nadeau’s defense team reached an agreement Feb. 15 on a series of charges that stem from two separate arrests, the first on Nov. 28, 2016 and the second on Jan. 15.

Police say Nadeau was initially charged with one count each of reckless conduct and domestic violence following the November incident where he allegedly smashed a glass bowl and injured a woman during a domestic disturbance on Kimball Hill Road.

Several weeks later, Hudson officers charged him with two counts of violating a domestic violence order of protection and one count of breach of bail conditions. He was accused of using a third party to contact the victim and consumed alcohol, a violation of his bail.

Court documents indicate Nadeau is scheduled to appear Thursday, March 29, for a plea and sentencing hearing.