Trial begins for former prosecutor charged with stalking

  • Christopher Ahern (left) sits by his attorney, Charles Keefe, in Concord's district court on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Nick Stoico—Monitor staff

  • Christopher Ahern

Monitor staff
Published: 2/22/2019 12:19:28 PM

A former Franklin police prosecutor facing stalking charges was captured on police cameras trying to enter the home of a former intimate partner this past summer, leading to his arrest, prosecutors said at the beginning of his trial this week.

Christopher Ahern, 41, and the woman were living separately when he tried to enter the home on July 26, just hours after Concord police installed cameras on the outside of her residence.

Ahern tried to enter the woman’s home previously on June 2 and, as a result, she asked her landlord to change the locks, according to Concord police. Ahern is seen on video trying to open the doors during the July incident. The woman said she did not give Ahern permission to go to her house that day, and police arrested him shortly after the footage was captured.

The video was shown to Judge Michael Alfano at Concord’s district court as Ahern’s bench trial began Thursday and will continue next week.

On the witness stand, the woman expressed how she never wanted Ahern to lose his job and “didn’t want to humiliate Chris.”

“I didn’t want anything bad to happen,” she said. “I just wanted it to stop.”

Ahern, of Epsom, was hired as Franklin’s prosecutor in 2009 and worked as a part-time police officer with the Franklin Police Department, beginning in 2013. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest July 26 on misdemeanor charges of stalking, criminal trespass and receiving stolen property. His last day with the city was July 27, and Franklin City Manager Judie Milner told the Monitor in October that Ahern chose to resign.

Witness testimony in the case will continue Tuesday afternoon.

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