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Middletown police officer faces assault charge

Middletown Police Department (WJAR File)

Middletown police said Monday that one of their officers was arrested and charged with domestic simple assault stemming from an incident while he was off-duty.

Middletown police said state police arrested Lt. Richard Gamache on Saturday. Gamache was put on investigative suspension and removed from duty under the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights.

"The Middletown Police remain dedicated to open and transparent operations and are committed to providing the highest quality service to the public. We are not able to comment further on an open investigation. We will update the public with the results of that investigation once it is concluded," Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare said in a statement.

Middletown police did not provide any details of the alleged assault.

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