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Trial of suspended Waltham police chief Thomas LaCroix scheduled for Thursday

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 19, 2013 01:20 PM

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The trial of suspended Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix is scheduled to begin this Thursday in Concord District Court, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.

LaCroix is facing allegations that he assaulted his wife and a female neighbor in separate incidents in Maynard last year. He is formally charged with two counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a countertop), witness intimidation, assault, and two counts of threatening to commit a crime.

After LaCroix's arrest a Middlesex prosecutor said in court that LaCroix had grabbed his wife in a chokehold June 12 last year and slammed her onto a kitchen counter in their Maynard home.

The June 12 incident followed a quarrel that morning when LaCroix intercepted a work-related text message that his wife had sent to a male co-worker, the Globe reported, citing police records.

He also talked about killing his wife, her friend, and himself, the prosecutor said.

LaCroix is under house arrest and required to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet. Reached by phone this spring, LaCroix declined to comment.

LaCroix, who has pleaded not guilty, was placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest in June, allowing him to continue to collect his $146,305 annual salary. Last year, he collected $182,358 in salary and other benefits, including a $16,814 longevity bonus he received after he was arrested, according to city payroll records.

Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy previously told the Globe that the suspended chief could lose his job if he is found guilty on the criminal charges, as well as if the city finds that his conduct was in violation of Police Department rules.

However, McCarthy said, no matter what the verdict is in the criminal case, the city must conduct an independent investigation in order to dismiss LaCroix from the force, and the investigation can be completed only after the trial.

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