N.H. prostitution sting nets broadcaster, 5 others

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KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) – The director of a Massachusetts boys club was out of a job Friday, a day after he, a well-known broadcaster and four other men were charged in a prostitution sting in New Hampshire.

The broadcaster was Richard Osborne, 64, of Concord, the voice of the University of New Hampshire hockey team for 25 years and communications director for the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

Osborne and Shaun Menzie, 43, of Atkinson, executive director of the Boys Club of Haverhill, Mass., were charged Thursday with responding to Internet postings advertising sexual services. The solicitation charges are misdemeanors.

A call to the club Friday was answered by Bill Theirrien, who said Menzie is no long affiliated with it. Theirrien, who said he is Menzie’s interim replacement, said the club would have nothing more to say before Monday.

Osborne, returning a phone call to The Associated Press, said he had no comment. Police said he drove to the sting in a state car.

Menzie, of Atkinson, also was charged with marijuana possession. He has led the boys club for at least six years, board member Bill Faraci said.

Police said roughly three dozen people made serious inquiries in response to several ads on craigslist.com. The sting was conducted at a house by an undercover female officer and female volunteer with uniformed officers in hiding until money was offered for sex, police said.

Officials with the New Hampshire Community College System said they would cooperate in the investigation of Osborne.

“If he’s guilty, we can’t have him around young people. It’s a morals problem, and one that would create great difficulties for the system,” said Paul Holloway, chairman of the trustees.

The six are to be arraigned Aug. 27 at Plaistow District Court.

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