A former Rochester city council member was charged with accessing information from Rockingham County computer systems while on the job as a dispatcher.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office requested an investigation when it became aware that Christopher Rice, 32, of Rochester, was accessing license information on certain individuals from the State Police Online Telecommunications System.

Rice surrendered himself to State Police, was arrested on October 20, and charged with three misdemeanor counts of computer related offenses and three misdemeanor counts of records and certifications. He was released on personal recognizance bail, pending an appearance in Circuit Court in Brentwood on December 12.

State Police did not disclose the identities of the individuals Rice was looking up or why.

Rice was removed from the Rochester city council on May 12 following allegations of sexual harassment. He was charged by the council with harassment, and two counts of false statements to city staff regarding matters within their authority and retaliation. He pled "not true" to each during a trial by the city council.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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