Following Domestic Assault Charge, Barczak Resigns from Timberlane Board

SANDOWN – Sandown’s representative on the Timberlane Regional School Board, Roger Barczak, resigned his seat on Monday, Nov. 18, following an incident that led him to turn himself in to police two days prior.
Though Barczak was not forced to resign and did not have to give up his seat as an elected official, he said it was the right thing to do under the circumstances. The former Sandown selectman and founding chair of the Sandown Republican Committee said various stressors led to an argument with his wife that escalated out of control. He said the only appropriate course of action was to step back from public life and focus on his family to put the pieces back together.

According to the Hampstead Police Department, a 911 hang-up call at 3:22 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, from Barczak’s residence at 415 Main St. resulted in a meeting a few minutes later with Barczak’s wife. According to reports, she said she was assaulted by her husband.
Sandown was unable to handle the matter as police were busy with another call for service.
According to the police report, Barczak’s wife reported having been assaulted, her cell phone destroyed and being held against her will at the house on Main Street.
As a result of that interview, a 12 hour stop/arrest domestic violence order was issued against Barczak. Though police were unable to find him at his home, he was eventually reached by phone and later turned himself in to the Hampstead Police Department at 9:40 a.m. that same day.
He was charged with Simple Assault (domestic violence), Criminal Mischief (smashing his wife’s cell phone with a hammer) and False Imprisonment, and was released on $3,000 personal recognizance bail. He is set to be arraigned at Derry District Court on Dec. 18.
Barczak said that because he was in the public eye, it was important to speak to those who elected him, were represented by him and who looked to him as a leader. An apology letter can be found on page 4.
“Over the past year, my family and I have been under a great deal of stress and anxiety,” Barczak wrote in the letter. “I am fortunate and grateful that the process of forgiveness and healing has begun, and my family and I will work together to take the steps to strengthen and secure our relationship.”
Barczak noted that public servants are not perfect and struggle with the same challenges and conflicts and family crises that others face, but “critically important…is that we take the time in our lives to listen to others, to understand and to make healthy decisions that are in the best interest of ourselves and of those around us.”
Timberlane School Board chair Rob Collins, asked for comment about Barczak’s resignation, responded only to state that Barczak had resigned his seat for personal reasons.
The school board is looking for a replacement member from Sandown.

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