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Jury Returns Verdicts on Waltham Police Chief; Mayor Comments

Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix has been on trial for attacking his wife and her friend last year.

A jury has found Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix guilty of one count, not guilty on five other counts, with a split verdict on one count.

UPDATED, 4:50 p.m.:

List of the charges and result: 

  • Assault and battery on Andrea LaCroix: guilty
  • Assault and battery on Andrea LaCroix: not guilty
  • Assault on Shannon Policano (Andrea LaCroix's friend): not guilty.
  • Threat to commit a crime (to kill) Andrea LaCroix: not guilty.
  • Threat to commit a crime against Policano: not guilty.
  • Assault and battery against Andrea LaCroix: not guilty
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bike rack): not guilty, but Thomas LaCroix was found guilty of the lesser part of that charge, assault and battery. 

UPDATED, 3:06 p.m.: 

  • LaCroix will be sentenced on July 10 at 9 a.m. at Concord District Court.
  • Until then, the judge ordered LaCroix to check in with the Probation Department every day, submit to random alcohol screenings and not consume booze. He remains free on supervised release under mostly the same conditions he has been on for the past year. Defense attorney Thomas Drechsler objected to that saying his client had behaved properly after the original incident and during the trial. Drechsler said LaCroix has a good incentive to behave as sentencing approaches.
  • According to state law, LaCroix faces 2.5 years in prison for each count of assault and battery, but Drechsler said prosecutors are seeking two years of probation for each charge. Drechsler said he would seek a shorter probation period. 
  • Drechsler, during an interview after the verdict, said he will likely appeal the conviction. 
  • "It's a mixed verdict. I'm disappointed with the two convictions but on the other hand I know they jury gave it a lot of careful deliberation," Drecshler said, emphasizing his client was only convicted of two misdemeanor charges.
  • Dreschler said he is not concerned with LaCroix's mental state. "He is disappointed, but he has not given up the fight," Drechsler said.
  • Mayor Jeannette McCarthy told Waltham Patch she will seek to place LaCroix on administrative leave without pay. LaCroix had been on administrative leave with pay immediately following the incident. She would not comment on whether she will seek to terminate his employment but said she would proceed with the administrative process adjudicating his employment case. She has previously said the city could terminate him. 

The jury found Thomas LaCroix:

  • Guilty on one count of assault & battery on his wife, Andrea LaCroix
  • On a count of assault & battery with a dangerous weapon, the jury found him guilty on the assault count, but not guilty on the 'dangerous weapon' part of the charge (a bike rack)
  • Thomas LaCroix was found not guilty on all remaining counts. 

The jury had started deliberations yesterday at 4 p.m.

Sentencing is being discussed in the courtroom at this hour.

LaCroix faced the charges for attacking his wife and her friend at his Maynard home in June 2012. He has been on paid administrative leave from the police department and free on supervised release.

Stay with Waltham Patch for more details on the verdict and sentencing.

Alice H June 26, 2013 at 06:41 PM
That ought to get him off the payroll.
Lisa Laughton June 26, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Lets hope it is enough to get him off the payroll.
John June 26, 2013 at 07:10 PM
In a sense the Chief may have prevailed. The Mayor is going to struggle removing him only on a misdemeanor conviction. The jury must have taken the view to punish him for something, but not to wreck his entire career. Hardly a resounding win for the Commonwealth.
CP June 26, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Fire him now and let someone else take over. Glad he's gone.
Bill L June 26, 2013 at 08:01 PM
and the city never let her investigate, now he will retire on a disabilty and we will promote another guy from within, nothing wrong with a little new blood to shake up the old boys club, but we won't, as anything that takes leadership will not be undertaken.
Maddie Chambers June 26, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I don't quite understand how you can have a split verdict on an assault and battery charge. Anything being used to assault another person is a dangerous weapon, especially a bike rack! A round of applause for that jury.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) June 26, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Hi Theresa, You have 20 minutes to remove your post. No name calling.
Business Owner 16 June 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Theresa, Obviously you don't understand pension law?? Why should he not get his pension? He was not convicted of a felony. He could actually get his job back. Maybe not chief, but this guy could become a police officer again.
Supersonic June 27, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Of course he should lose his job - period! He is a civil servant , sworn to uphold the law. Whether he is charges with a felony or misdemeanor this man has got to go! I'm pretty sure assaulting anyone goes against the morals clause that anyone , especially an officer of the law, is obligated to uphold!! And I agree with the above you can get an assault charge using your fists- but not a bike rack??? Ah- who is this jury anyway?? Very disturbing outcome!!!
Supersonic June 27, 2013 at 04:55 AM
He is also a disgrace to his profession!
Curious June 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM
While only convicted on a misdemeanor they have to consider the loss of trust and respect not only of the community but also on the police department. It would be extremely difficult to effectively lead the department in light of the convictions.
John June 27, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Prediction - He'll get a demotion perhaps as Captain and keep his pension. Otherwise the Mayor will have a lawsuit on her hands from him as well. If it was another misdemeanor such as OUI should he be fired. Remember with a misdemeanor you're still allowed to carry a gun.
WalthamResident June 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM
John-- "Remember with a misdemeanor you're still allowed to carry a gun." Only if the chief of police thinks you're a suitable person. Oh wait, I think I see the problem...
Curious June 28, 2013 at 01:38 PM
In the very least he should be busted down to patrolman. Though there is probably some civil service rule limiting such a demotion in rank.

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