New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2019

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications

Geoffrey W. R. Ward, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Criminal Justice Bureau / (603) 545-1737

Former Claremont Police Officer Ian Kibbe Sentenced to Jail

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Ian Kibbe, age 31, of Springfield, Vermont was sentenced today in the Sullivan County Superior Court on one class A misdemeanor charge of unsworn falsification and one class A misdemeanor charge of obstructing government administration. The defendant had pleaded guilty to these charges on December 3, 2018, pursuant to a capped plea agreement.

Today, the Court accepted the State's sentencing recommendation and sentenced Mr. Kibbe on the unsworn falsification charge to 12 months at the House of Corrections, with all but 90 days suspended for a period of two years upon Mr. Kibbe's release from incarceration. On the charge of obstructing government administration, Mr. Kibbe was sentenced to 12 months at the House of Corrections all of which was suspended for a period of two years upon his release from incarceration, to be served consecutive to the first sentence, if imposed. The sentences also require Mr. Kibbe be of good behavior and included the provision that Mr. Kibbe will not to seek employment in law enforcement in the State of New Hampshire.

On March 28, 2018, Attorney General MacDonald announced that he had initiated an investigation into the conduct of then Sergeant Ian Kibbe and Officer Mark Burch of the Claremont Police Department. That investigation was initiated based on information from Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase which alleged that while acting in their capacity as police officers, Mr. Kibbe and Mr. Burch had falsified documentation related to a search that occurred in late February, 2018.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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