Former Franconia police officer misused law enforcement database

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FRANCONIA — A former Franconia police officer was charged with misuse of the State Police On-Line Telecommunications System following an incident in 2018.

On August 31, 2022, the Attorney General’s Office was notified of allegations involving Gary M. Pilotte’s misuse of the system following an off-duty incident.

Following an investigation, evidence was obtained that Pilotte violated the law by querying the number plate of a vehicle in SPOTS to obtain and use information about the registered owner for an improper purpose.

He has since resigned from his position with the Franconia Police Department.

He has also agreed to the following:

1. He will voluntarily surrender his certification as a law enforcement officer in the state of New Hampshire, and, as a result of his decertification, he will be placed on a national registry of decertified officers; (
2. He will not seek future employment as a law enforcement officer, including, but not limited to, in any federal, state, county, municipal, university, or tribal law enforcement agency;
3. He will not contest his placement on the State of New Hampshire’s Exculpatory Evidence Schedule; and
4. He will not have any contact with the registered owner of the number plate queried in this matter for a period of two years.

The Attorney General’s Office’s file in this matter will remain open for a period of two years to monitor Pilotte’s adherence to the terms and conditions of the agreement, at which time the Attorney General’s Office will close the matter with no further action.

In the event Pilotte does not abide by the terms of the agreement, the Attorney General’s Office may bring forward criminal charges against him.

This case was investigated by members of the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

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