LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police officer is facing charges after authorities say he assaulted a woman during a domestic altercation.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office says Officer Patrick McCarthy pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lowell District Court to charges of assault and battery on a household member.
Prosecutors say a woman told Tewksbury police on Tuesday night that the 35-year-old officer threatened to push her down a staircase, slapped her and threw her to the ground. The nature of McCarthy’s relationship with the woman is unclear.
A Boston Police Department spokesman says McCarthy is on paid leave pending the outcome of the case.
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His lawyer declined The Boston Globe’s request for comment. He is due back in court on Sept. 29.