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Thursday, November 5, 2009

[MA] Officer Fortier's wife doesn't want to pursue assault and battery charges

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
By Bill Fortier
November 5, 2009
DOUGLAS — A veteran police officer is scheduled for a Dec. 15 pretrial conference in Uxbridge District Court on a domestic assault and battery charge after a Sunday night disturbance in which he allegedly pushed down his wife. Patrolman Ronald A. Fortier, 41, of 72 Pine St., Apt. 104, is off duty, Police Chief Patrick T. Foley said yesterday. A not guilty plea was entered at his arraignment earlier this week and he was released on personal recognizance. Chief Foley said Officer Fortier has been on the force for about 18 years and he assumed he would be off duty until at least the Dec. 15 hearing... “We did arrest him Sunday night and the matter is in the hands of the district attorney’s office and court system,” Chief Foley said yesterday afternoon... The alleged victim called 911 at 7:43 p.m. and told a dispatcher she was trying to leave but her husband wouldn’t let her. According to a police report, she said her husband had pushed her down. Officer Fortier said she had grabbed him by the shirt collar first and he had pushed her away to defend himself. Police arrested Officer Fortier, and then the alleged victim asked that her husband not be arrested and said she did not want to pursue charges. [Full article here]
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