An Ashland police sergeant has been indicted on charges of destroying drug evidence and trying to intimidate another officer from reporting his actions, prosecutors said Friday.
Sergeant Edward Pomponio, 50, allegedly discarded the evidence in July 2011, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said.
A drug case had to be dismissed without the evidence, Ryan’s office said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Ryan declined to provide further details.
Joseph F. Hennessey, a lawyer for Pomponio, said his client denies the charges.
“He has always been fully transparent in these false allegations made by a set of officers that had malicious motives to attack him,” Hennessey wrote in an e-mail. “He testified at the grand jury freely and voluntarily and the evidence will be clear that there was no malicious intent.”
Ashland police referred questions to Town Manager Anthony Schiavi.
In an e-mail, Schiavi said Pomponio joined the Ashland force in 2008. Schiavi declined to discuss Pomponio’s current employment status. He served previously on the Milford force.
Schiavi said the allegations, while serious, “are in no way a reflection on the professionalism of the men and women of the Ashland Police Department.”
Ashland officers have filed separate civil complaints against Pomponio and others.
“There are four civil lawsuits that are pending and we are successfully defending all four of them,” said Douglas Louison, another lawyer for Pomponio, adding that two civil claims were recently dismissed. He said Pomponio has been on medical leave for a month.
Schiavi said only that the civil claims are in various stages of the legal process, when asked about them.
No arraignment date has been set for Pomponio on charges of wanton destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
Globe correspondent Shandana Mufti contributed to this report.