Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that an investigation has been completed into allegations made against former Franconia Police Officer Gary M. Pilotte. On August 31, 2022, the Attorney General’s Office was notified of allegations involving Mr. Pilotte’s misuse of the State Police On-Line Telecommunications System (“SPOTS”) following a 2018 off-duty incident.
That allegation was investigated and reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office. During the course of the investigation, evidence was obtained that Mr. Pilotte violated RSA 260:14, IX(a), RSA 638:17, IV(a), and RSA 643:1 by querying the number plate of a vehicle in SPOTS to obtain and use information about the registered owner for an improper purpose.
Based on the circumstances, the Attorney General’s Office has reached an agreement with Mr. Pilotte in lieu of filing criminal charges against him.
Pursuant to this agreement, Mr. Pilotte has resigned from his position with the Franconia Police Department, and further agreed to the following: (1) Mr. Pilotte 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) Mr. Pilotte 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) Mr. Pilotte will not contest his placement on the State of New Hampshire’s Exculpatory Evidence Schedule (“EES”); and (4) Mr. Pilotte will not have any contact with the registered owner of the number plate queried in this matter for a period of two (2) years.
The Attorney General Office’s file in this matter will remain open for a period of two (2) years to monitor Mr. 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 Mr. Pilotte does not abide by the terms of the agreement, the Attorney General’s Office may bring forward criminal charges against Mr. Pilotte.
This matter was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Zachary C. Wolf of the New Hampshire Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Unit. This case was investigated by members of the New Hampshire Department of Justice. The New Hampshire Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Unit investigates and prosecutes allegations of criminal conduct committed by state officials, judicial officers, and law enforcement officers in the State of New Hampshire.