SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — The former police chief in Salisbury has been granted a $69,000 annual pension despite allegations that he traded drugs and other favors for sex from female criminal suspects and stole from crime scenes.

The Essex County Retirement Board granted David L’Esperance a pension over the objections of Salisbury town officials, who wanted to wait until the criminal case against was resolved.

The 51-year-old L’Esperance, of Seabrook, N.H., retired in January amid the investigation.

He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of larceny and is free of personal recognizance.

L’Esperance’s lawyer argued that the pension couldn’t be withheld because he hasn’t been convicted. The board’s executive director tells The Daily News of Newburyport that a person can lose their pension if convicted of a job-related crime.

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Comments (6)
  1. BOB says:

    Crime does pay !!!!!

  2. fred says:

    It should be held in escrow until the legal issues are resolved. if found guilty then Salisbury won’t be on the hook. The way it is now if he is found guilty Salisbury will never recover that money.

    1. Nab71 says:

      That’s not going to happen. The precedent was set with DiMasi

  3. emom says:

    why does every CROOK manage to gain some sort of pension or pay even when they get convicted,,,,, How politicaly correct… There needs to be morals in place , unfortunatly these people lack all moral codes,

  4. taxedout says:

    Time to Raise Your Taxes……AGAIN!!! How about ALL the prisoners in the can who Get a pesion, PAY to be in prison instead of You and Me???

  5. Cinque says:

    Only in America! This guy should already be in jail for the many crimes he has committed but instead, he is given a $69,000 pension. One can only hope that when and if he is ever convicted, it will be taken away.

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