Former officer accused of assault waives arraignment
SALEM — A former Salem police officer charged with assaulting a Maine man following a motor vehicle pursuit has waived his arraignment.
A lawyer for Joseph Freda, 33, entered a not guilty plea on his client's behalf in 10th Circuit Court to two counts of simple assault by an on-duty law enforcement officer.
The charges against Freda are misdemeanors, but carry enhanced penalties because the alleged assaults happened while he was working as a Salem police officer, according to court complaints filed by state prosecutors.
An affidavit filed by N.H. Attorney General Investigator Richard Tracy said that at least 12 people were interviewed — including other police officers and Templeton himself — before an arrest warrant was sought for Freda.
Templeton, who was charged with reckless driving and disobeying a police officer, received five staples to close the wounds on his head.
Freda apparently was worried about his interactions with Templeton the day after the pursuit, according to court records. Freda approached Monaco, the state trooper, "asking if he had anything to worry about," while the two were working a construction detail along Interstate 93.
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