At the Conflict of Interest committee hearing this week Mr. Consentino, once again, engaged in a collossal display of whining that would put a 3 year old to shame. Proclaiming his innocence as he has in every case in which he has been ordered to obey the law, and whining that the "committee is stacked against him"
NEWS FLASH: Perhaps if you stopped violating the law, various boards, committees and Courts would stop finding you in violation of the law, and on a side note, wasn't enforcement of the law your primary career? Odd for one who has transgressed it so often.
HISTORY: Mr. Consentino's illustrious town tenure has been almost constantly marked by controversy, and legal fees. Mr. Consentino has cost the town more than any other individual inn history, costing the town(and it's insurers) hundreds of thousands if not millions in legal fees and settlement costs for his various perfidies.
He began his career as Chief with a six year legal battle with former selectman Wayne Peak. Mr. Peak found that Consentino had been giving fees collected by the PD for reports, etc. to the Policeman's assoc. not the town. Although the entire issue could have gone away if Consentino had simply said, I am sorry, it was an oversight. Instead his response was "my name is a pure as the wind driven snow" and " I am not going to stand here and take this". The conclusion was rumored to be, at the time, the largest civil settlement in NH history, as Mr. Peak had a huge party at the K of C in N. Andover. Officer Pat Judge quietly closed the association and gave the money to the town, demonstrating the honor Consentino evidently lacked.
Over his tenure he has been ordered by the NHPELRB, NHPSTC, Rockingham superior Court(a number of times) and the conflict of interest committee to obey the law, and he still can not apparently do so.
He also was recently FIRED FOR CAUSE, said cause being the serial sexual harassment of a female employee, in which he was allowed to settle to avoid prosecution, which settlement cost the town $100,000+.
it is following this sordid history that Mr. Consentino finds himself before the conflict of interest committee AGAIN, FOR THE EXACT SAME THING Rockingham Superior Court ORDERED him to cease and desist from. VOTING upon matters in which he has a conflict of interest.
Hey, Phil, if you stop violating the law, committees will stop finding against you.
Ego run amok, and as always THE TOWN PAYS!
BRENTWOOD — An Atkinson piano teacher is challenging his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a young male student a decade ago.
John Goodwin, 75, owner of Goodwin Music Academy, appeared in Rockingham Superior Court on Tuesday to request that Judge N. William Delker throw out statements he made to police before his arrest Feb. 14.
Goodwin admitted to Atkinson police Chief Al Brackett and two officers that he touched the child, now in his 20s, in an inappropriate manner, Brackett testified during the nearly two-hour hearing.
Goodwin has been charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault for allegedly touching the boy at his Academy Avenue home and business between May 2002 and October 2005.
Brackett has said Goodwin assaulted the student beginning when the child was 11.
If convicted, Goodwin faces 10 to 30 years in state prison. He has pleaded not guilty and remained free on $50,000 personal recognizance.
Goodwin and his attorney, Joseph Welsh, contend the statements to police should not be admitted as evidence during his upcoming trial because he was questioned before being advised of his Miranda rights to remain silent. The trial is scheduled for Jan. 12.
“No Miranda warnings were read to my client, right?” Welsh asked Brackett.
Brackett said Goodwin was not read his Miranda rights when police entered his home because they planned to take him into custody and question him later at the Atkinson police station. The police chief denied that Goodwin was interrogated by police while at his home.
“No one advised him of his constitutional rights under Miranda,” Brackett said. “I simply asked him if he knew why we wanted to talk to him.”
That’s when Goodwin confessed to inappropriately touching his student without being coerced, Brackett said.
The teacher, who had spoken to his former student two days before his arrest, told police he accidentally touched the boy while sitting next to him.
Goodwin had been rubbing his shoulders while giving him a back rub, according to Assistant County Attorney Kirsten Wilson.
Before Goodwin was taken to the police station, he collapsed because of a medical issue and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Goodwin, accompanied by his wife, Jane, did not speak at the hearing.
Wilson said Goodwin’s comments to police should be allowed at trial and that Brackett’s statement to him did not violate the teacher’s Miranda rights.
“It was an innocuous statement,” Wilson said. “I don’t think it rises to the level of interrogation.”
Welsh disagreed. Delker asked the defense attorney if police have a right to speak to a suspect in that manner.
“Don’t they have some leeway to engage in that type of dialogue?” Delker said.
Welch said Brackett’s statement was a question “designed to elicit a response” and should not allowed.
“It’s a loaded question, judge,” Welch said.
Delker said he would take the matter under advisement and render a decision.
Goodwin has been ordered to stay away from the victim and anyone under 17