Pittsfield police officer charged with assaulting, stalking girlfriend in EppingBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
September 26. 2017 5:23PM
EPPING — A Pittsfield police officer is on leave after he was arrested in Epping on charges he assaulted his girlfriend and then allegedly violated a protective order by stalking her through a text message.
Brandon Walker, 41, of 8 Laconia Road in Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of domestic violence assault, simple assault and two counts each of stalking and breach of bail conditions.
Walker, who has worked for the Pittsfield Police Department since 2013, was placed on unpaid administrative leave after his first arrest on Sept. 18, Pittsfield Police Chief Jeffrey Cain said.
According to the misdemeanor criminal complaints, Walker is accused of striking his girlfriend multiple times in the back of the head on Sept. 17. He was arrested by Epping police the next day and released on $750 personal recognizance bond.
Walker was arrested again on Sept. 22 after he allegedly violated his bail conditions by sending a text message to his girlfriend stating, "Cops are here."
The bail conditions from his first arrest prohibited him from having any contact with his girlfriend. He was held on $2,000 cash or corporate surety bail at the Rockingham County jail, but has since been released.
Epping police prosecutor Heather Iworsky said that "anytime we see a domestic violence crime it's something we take very seriously. Adding to that the allegations that he violated his bail and had contact with the victim in enhances the serious nature of the situation and gives us cause for concern regarding the victim's safety as well as the community a large."
Iworsky declined to comment further, saying the case is still being actively investigated. Walker could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He has applied for a court-appointed attorney.
Cain said Walker will remain on leave while the criminal case proceeds through the court system.