ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A member of the Rochester City Council has been removed after fellow councilors said they found misconduct allegations against him to be true, such as sexual harassment, retaliation and creating a fake press release with the city seal.

The council, which included a member and the mayor, who testified that Chris Rice had made inappropriate comments to them, voted 9-3 on Thursday for removal, Foster's Daily Democrat reported. It found the four allegations, described in a report by a council investigative committee, to be true. Rice, who did not vote, disagreed.

Rice was not formally charged with a crime.

“This process was rushed through and completely unfair,” Rice said afterward. “Evidence I was going to submit was not allowed."

Tim Fontneau, one of the councilors who voted against removing Rice, said, “I have found this entire process to have the appearance of being extremely unfair." He said the hearing “has no semblance of due process or fair process."

He said he thought another type of sanction would be more appropriate, such as censure or removal from a committee.

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