Two former Manchester, New Hampshire police officers are reportedly facing serious allegations for behaviors that prompted their dismissal.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, former undercover Detective Darren Murphy and street-level Detective Aaron Brown were fired earlier this year on accusations of bargaining sex to a woman facing criminal charges in order to get her charges dropped.
The alleged victim in the case reportedly filed a claim through her lawyer to Manchester City and Police Department officials on June 1, which alleges Brown forced her and another woman to show him their breasts in order to secure bail back in 2009. The claim further states that Brown once showed up at the woman’s home in full uniform, ordering her to meet him at a local bar where he bought her drinks and "using his authority, demanded she have sex with him."
Years later, the claim reportedly states the woman and Murphy engaged in an intimate relationship spanning October 2017 through April 2018. Murphy reportedly claimed that he could get a prosecutor in Hillsborough County to drop charges against the woman.
The Manchester Police Department issued a statement on the matter on Sunday.
"The Manchester Police Department has been and will continue to be transparent in each and every incident involving our personnel," the statement reads. "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."