Berlin cop sentenced in violation of privacy case

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CONCORD - The Attorney Generals Office announced today a former Berlin Police Officer has pleaded guilty to one class A misdemeanor count of violation of privacy.

The complaint alleged that on or between Jan. 22 and Feb. 4, 2019, Philip Pelletier, 32, while employed as a Berlin Police Officer, took a picture of an adult male without his consent while that male was in a patient room at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

Pelletier was working as a police officer on an overtime shift at the hospital at the time and was supervising the adult male while he was being held pending an involuntary emergency admission to the New Hampshire State Hospital.

On Friday Pelletier was sentenced to 12 months in the house of corrections, all deferred for one year and then suspended for one year. The deferral and suspension are conditioned on his good behavior, payment of a $500.00 fine, and his completion of 200 hours of community service.

Additionally, Pelletier has agreed not to seek recertification of his law enforcement credentials.

His law enforcement certification was previously revoked by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council on Jan. 28, 2020.

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