NORTH HAVERHILL — Some eight months after being sworn in as a Lebanon police officer, and two months after a judge forbade her from carrying a gun, Ashley J. Mills has informed the court that she is “likely” to take a plea deal in connection with charges that she assaulted her boyfriend.
Mills, 32, of Orange, made that declaration Monday after appearing in Grafton County Superior Court before Judge Lawrence MacLeod for a dispositional hearing arising from her May 21 arrest in Enfield on two counts of simple assault and two counts of domestic violence .
All the charges are misdemeanors.
If an agreement cannot be reached, MacLeod set a final pretrial hearing for Sept. 25, to be followed quickly by what is expected to be a day-and-a-half long trial.
According to complaints filed by the Grafton County Attorney’s office, Mills on May 21 allegedly struck a man, who is identified as an “intimate partner,” on the right side of his face with her right hand and also allegedly struck his right eye with her left hand.
The Lebanon Police Department, in a Nov. 27, 2018, posting on its Facebook page, wrote that Mills and another officer had been sworn in then and that she was a certified officer from the Hingham (Mass.) Police Department who was “pursuing a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Massachusetts.”
On Tuesday, Richard Mello, the chief of the Lebanon Police Department, confirmed in an email that Mills is the same person shown in that Facebook posting and who also was charged with assault in Enfield.
“Ms. Mills is no longer employed by the Lebanon Police Department,” said Mello, adding, “I don’t have any further comment on her pending court situation.”
Mills has been free on personal recognizance bail since her June 10 arraignment, which was also before MacLeod.
MacLeod ordered her to have no contact with the victim; to refrain from excessive use of alcohol and of any narcotics or controlled drugs; and to not possess “a firearm, destructive device, dangerous weapon or ammunition.”