New Hampshire Attorney General Peter Heed resigned after being accused of acting inappropriately at a state domestic violence conference. The Concord Monitor says that Gov. Craig Benson plans to nominate Deputy Attorney General Kelly Ayotte to replace Heed. A judge was suspended after being charged with groping women at the same conference. Heed said, “There is no basis in my view that I have committed any wrongdoing.” Three state workers described Heed’s behavior on a dance floor at the confernece as boorish and rude but not on the level of sexual harassment, said Tim Decker, a state employees union official.
Grace Mattern, a conference organizer, interviewed several women who attended after learning of complaints against the judge. In the course of those conversations, Mattern said, the women mentioned that Heed was “having a good time” but gave no indication of having been troubled by his behavior. Mattern is executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.