March 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Former N.H. trans official threatens hospital
Stacie Laughton, gay news, Washington Blade

‘I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone,’ said Stacie Laughton. (Photo courtesy Laughton)

NASHUA, N.H. — The first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature in the country faces a felony charge for making a bomb threat against a New Hampshire hospital.

The Union Leader reported that Stacie Laughton faces a charge of falsely reporting an explosive device in connection with the incident at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Feb. 27.

The newspaper reported that police charged Laughton after leaving a Vermont hospital where she was receiving treatment for bipolar disorder.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone,” Laughton told the Union Leader, adding she is remorseful for her actions. “It was totally out of character for me.”

Voters in 2012 elected Laughton, a then-member of the Nashua Board of Aldermen, to represent portions of the Gate City in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. She later ended her bid to sit in the chamber after previous arrests for credit card and identity fraud became public.

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