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Suspended Waltham police chief taken off city payroll following assault conviction

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 1, 2013 04:54 PM

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Suspended Waltham police chief Thomas LaCroix has been taken off the city payroll after his conviction last week of twice assaulting his wife Andrea in fits of rage at their Maynard house on June 12 last year, according to Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.

LaCroix was placed on unpaid administrative leave following the Wednesday verdict, McCarthy said in an email, but she declined to comment any further.

"It would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment at this time," McCarthy said.

A Concord District Court jury convicted LaCroix on two assault and battery counts, one in which he picked up his wife and threw her in the couple’s garage and another that left her with a bloody, swollen lip.

He was acquitted on charges that he assaulted his wife by slamming her head on a kitchen countertop, that he attacked his wife’s friend Shannon Policano, and that he threatened to kill both if they went to police.

Andrea LaCroix testified earlier in the trial that her husband never attacked her.

Judge J. Elizabeth Cremens set sentencing for July 10. LaCroix faces up to 2½ years in jail for each assault and battery count.

Defense lawyer Thomas Drechsler said Monday that he will be asking that LaCroix be placed on probation.

LaCroix has been on paid leave from his chief’s job since his arrest by Maynard police on June 14 last year. He collected $182,358 in salary and other benefits last year, including a $16,814 longevity bonus he received after he was arrested, according to city payroll records.

McCarthy and Waltham Retirement Board administrator Joseph Juppe declined to comment on if the city would pursue taking away LaCroix's pension following last week's convictions.

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