NH Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Teen Girl

A New Hampshire lawmaker has pleaded guilty to assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

The Eagle-Tribute reports that Republican Rep. Eric Schleien, of Hudson, and prosecutors agreed to capped sentence of a year in the House of Corrections, with half of it suspended based on good behavior. After serving 30 days, Schleien would be eligible to serve the remainder under house arrest.

He was charged last year with one misdemeanor count of sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. Schleien denied the allegations.

In June, a judge denied a proposed plea agreement because it gave him a chance to avoid jail time. He pleaded guilty Friday.

Republican House Majority Leader Dick Hinch says Schleien should resign immediately. Schleien, who is not seeking re-election, didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.

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