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Former police chief accused of domestic violence expresses remorse

Former Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo, right, is arraigned in Kent County District Court on domestic violence charges, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (WJAR)

A former Cranston police chief pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges Tuesday in Kent County District Court and was released on personal recognizance.

Marco Palombo was arraigned on charges of domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at his home last month.

Palombo told NBC 10 News after his court appearance that he is remorseful and that he is committed to saving his marriage.

"I feel terrible. I love my wife and I love my family. I let them down for sure. I hope we can work through it -- hope we can work through it," Palombo said, adding, “I'm committed to saving my marriage. I love my wife and I love my children. That's where I go from here."

Law enforcement sources told the NBC 10 I-Team that Palombo was accused of assaulting his wife at their Cranston home on Nov. 30. They also said his wife had a red cheek and neck when officers arrived at the former chief's house.

The sources said Palombo’s wife told police she had intervened in a dispute between her husband and another family member, when Palombo struck her with an open hand to the face. She told officers that this wasn't the first time her husband had gotten physical with her, noting said she was injured in the past.

Palombo said "it was an unfortunate family incident."

According to a police report obtained by NBC 10, Palombo's wife told responding officers, that he "hit me as usual” and “she couldn't do this anymore."

The former police chief, who’s free on $1,000 personal recognizance, gave the judge a location in West Warwick as his current address.

Palumbo has been ordered to have no contact with his wife or daughter, but told NBC 10 if he could speak to them right now, he would say, "I love you and I'm sorry."

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