Several officials named in complaint to AGBy NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent
May 22. 2012 8:55PM
BROOKLINE -The ex-girlfriend of the police chief's son is asking the attorney general to file criminal charges against several town officials for the handling of a domestic violence case last year.
In June 2011, Nicole Goyette Shank, 25, the former live-in girlfriend of Jonathan Quigley, 24, petitioned the Milford District Court for a protective order, stating in court documents that Quigley assaulted her during an altercation at their Brookline home on May 19, shortly after Quigley returned from a tour in Iraq.
In court documents, and during a hearing to extend the protective order on June 21, Shank alleged that during an argument, Quigley had punched her in the stomach and pushed her onto the bed. Shank then said in the documents that when she said she was going to call the police, Quigley allegedly said, 'Don't bother. I'll call my dad for you right now and make sure Brookline PD refuses to come.'
Shank said Quigley then allegedly called his father, Police Chief William Quigley, and said, 'Hey dad, if Nicole calls in, she hit me. Make sure you arrest her.'
Quigley testified that Shank had been the aggressor in the incident, but a restraining order was issued against Quigley by Judge Martha Crocker.
Shank said in documents forwarded to the attorney general's office that after leaving their house, Quigley met with Brookline Police Master Patrolman Robert Pelletier, a friend of Quigley's. Shank alleges that Pelletier should have filed a report regarding the domestic violence incident. According to testimony in court, Pelletier noticed red marks on Quigley's face that looked as though he had been slapped, but the issue was not pursued.
Shank said she never called the police to report the incident because she didn't believe the police would respond because her ex-boyfriend was the police chief's son, but she later complained to the board of selectmen stating that Pelletier did not follow police policy when he failed to make a report of the incident. She also said that Chief Quigley 'lied by omission' because he knew of the incident but 'took no action.'
Shank said she has not been satisfied by the responses of the board of selectmen or by the action of the police department and has now filed a 'formal complaint' with the attorney general's office seeking criminal charges against Chief Quigley, Sgt. Douglas Barnett, Pelletier, former Selectman Tad Putney and Selectman Jack Flanagan. Shank listed a number of offenses including improper influence, falsifying physical evidence, and criminal defamation against the police officers and board members.
If any charges are brought forward, the selectmen and police officers will have to defend themselves legally, Selectman Darrell Philpot said Monday. The town's insurance against law suits through the Local Government Center does not cover criminal cases, he told the board.