NORTH HAVERHILL – A jury sitting in Grafton County Superior Court on Friday found former Bristol police chief Michael Lewis not guilty of simple assault for causing “unprivileged, physical contact to another.”
Lewis, 39, of Ashland, was accused of touching the buttocks of a woman in Bristol in August 2017.
Indictments were handed up in June 2018 by the Grafton County Grand Jury,
Lewis, was charged with two Class A misdemeanors: sexual assault with aggravating circumstances and simple assault. He was also indicted by the grand jury for allegedly doctoring his timecard and getting paid for overtime he didn’t work,
On May 7, two days before the start of Lewis’ trial, the Grafton County Attorney’s Office dropped the sexual assault charge.
Presided over by Judge Lawrence MacLeod, Lewis’ trial ended Friday morning, court officials said, with the jury rendering a verdict around 1:20 p.m.
Lewis, according to his LinkedIn profile, served as a police officer in Thornton, Lincoln and Plymouth before coming to the Bristol Police Department in June 2004.
Six years later, and then a lieutenant, Lewis was named acting chief and then permanent chief after the departure of John E. Clark from the post.
Amidst an investigation into his conduct as chief, Lewis on Oct. 3, 2017 submitted a “voluntary separation of employment” to the Town of Bristol.
Lewis is due back in court in August for a trial on two felony charges of theft for allegedly falsifying his time sheet between July 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2014 and also between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017. He has previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.