Lawmaker charged with sexually assaulting teen

N.H. State Rep. Eric Schleien

N.H. State Rep. Eric Schleien

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said Friday Schleien was released on personal recognizance bail and she expects an arraignment date to be set for August.

A New Hampshire state representative from Hudson has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Schleien, 29, drove the girl to Portsmouth, she said, but instead of discussing politics, he scared her with sexually explicit talk, sucked on her fingers and groped her inner thigh. The Portsmouth, N.H., police department was investigating the incident since it was reported previous year, Portsmouth police said.

A Hudson lawmaker is facing sexual assault charges resulting from an incident with a teenage girl last July.

Then in his auto in the parking garage, she was assaulted, she told police.

His arraignment will be on August 2.

Schleien, a Republican, is serving his second term in the New Hampshire House.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper issued a statement Friday morning saying he is taking the situation "very seriously".

Conway declined to comment on why she announced the charges Friday. "The fact that the accusations against Rep. Schleien involve a 16 year old girl is disturbing, to say the least".

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