Police Officer Faces Domestic Abuse Charges

Ipswich, Mass., police officer Peter Nikas, left, walks to a holding cell while awaiting bail arrangements at Newburyport, Mass., District Court, Friday, April 25, 2014. Nikas, 52, pleaded not guilty in an alleged assault on his girlfriend last fall. The Essex district attorney's office said Nikas was arraigned on charges including assault and battery and witness intimidation.
Ipswich, Mass., police officer Peter Nikas, left, walks to a holding cell while awaiting bail arrangements at Newburyport, Mass., District Court, Friday, April 25, 2014. Nikas, 52, pleaded not guilty in an alleged assault on his girlfriend last fall. The Essex district attorney's office said Nikas was arraigned on charges including assault and battery and witness intimidation.
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An Ipswich police officer has been demoted and faces a number of criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and a fellow police officer who tried to intercede.

Peter Nikas, 52, pleaded not guilty to four charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and intimidation of a witness during his arraignment Friday.

The Boston Globe reports:

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According to prosecutors, on the night of October 27, 2013, Nikas got into a physical confrontation with his girlfriend, who then sought refuge for herself and her children at a friend's home, where another police officer lived.

Later, Nikas allegedly showed up intoxicated at the friend's home and began shouting at his girlfriend. The other police officer drove him home and tried to calm him down, according to prosecutors.

After midnight on October 28, according to prosecutors, Nikas allegedly returned to the home where his girlfriend was, demanded she come out of the house, and began trying to get inside the house.

The other police officer tried to stop him, but Nikas allegedly pushed through the door and the two got into a physical altercation.

Bail was set at $1,000, with Nikas required to wear GPS monitoring bracelet, abstain from alcohol and stay away from the victims.

Wicked Local reports that Nikas is the brother of Ipswich Police Chief Paul Nikas, and has been on leave for months following a separate town investigation into allegations he violated department policies.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details of the nature of the alleged infractions were available.