Ex-officer cleared of alleged assault

LITCHFIELD – A former part-time Litchfield police officer has been cleared of charges that he assaulted his wife last month.

Frank Jones, 50, of Bow, had been placed on administrative leave following his July 24 arrest.

On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped the simple assault charge he faced after allegedly assaulting his wife, Priscilla, on July 24 in Meredith, according to a press release from the Meredith Police Department.

Jones was arrested July 24 when his stepson, Steven, called police and said Jones had “grabbed” his mother at Clearwater Campground on Route 104 in Meredith.

There were no eyewitnesses to the alleged assault, and on July 31, Jones’ wife, sent a three-page certified letter to investigators saying that an assault never happened, according to the release.

The statement from Jones’ wife said there were “hard feelings” between Jones and Steven, according to the release.

Just days before the arrest, Jones had given notice to the Litchfield department that he was taking a job as chief of the Salisbury Police Department, according to Litchfield Police Chief Joseph O’Brion.

Jones had worked one or two shifts a month for the Litchfield department before the July 24 suspension. He had already notified O’Brion that his last day would be Aug. 1, O’Brion said.

Litchfield’s policy calls for any officer who is arrested to be placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted to determine whether the crime of which he or she is accused violates any department policies, O’Brion said. Since Jones had already given his notice, an internal investigation was unnecessary.

Salisbury Selectmen Kathleen Doyle and Joe Laycox weren’t immediately available for comment. Board Chairman Michael Dipre has an unlisted phone number.