BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A police chief accused of choking a woman with whom he’d had an affair has resigned.
Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Ryan Reardon submitted a one-sentence resignation letter Friday, but did not specify his reasons for quitting.
Reardon was arrested last month on charges of aggravated assault and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
A judge set bail at $5,000 with stipulations including a prohibition on possessing weapons and contacting the victim, along with a requirement for a mental health evaluation. Reardon was subsequently released after posting bail.
The arrest warrant indicated Reardon tried to strangle the woman and threw her to the floor, then twisted her arm and grabbed her by the throat and placed his hand over her mouth so she couldn’t scream.
Reardon has denied the allegations, according to his attorney Walt McKee,
The woman was intoxicated, angry and intent on confronting him when she went to Reardon’s home, McKee said. He said she later returned to check on his well being.