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Police charge a woman with assaulting an East Providence city councilman

Brian Faria, an East Providence councilman, said he was assaulted by a woman during a political fundraising event. That woman, Maria Stoddard, has turned herself in. (WJAR)

An East Providence woman is charged with assaulting a city councilman at a political fundraiser last week.

“She was on top of me, pulling my hair,” East Providence Councilman Brian Faria told NBC 10 News.

Faria claims he was assaulted as part of a political dispute. Police have now charged Maria Stoddard, known as Luci, with simple assault in the incident last Thursday at Metacomet County Club.

“This woman had approached me several times, speaking obscenities at me," Faria said. "And, I'm sorry, once it got physical, that's shameful. It's disgraceful.”

Faria went to the East Providence police station that night to file the complaint against Stoddard, who is politically active in the city. The police report obtained by NBC10 states Faria had visible scratches on his face.

Police say Stoddard turned herself in Monday to be booked and was released. She is due in court Wednesday.

NBC10 went to Stoddard’s home for her side of the story and was told by a person there that Stoddard was not home. A message left on Stoddard's cell phone was not returned.

Stoddard serves on several boards and committees in East Providence.

Faria claims Stoddard was upset with him and had been harassing him over his decisions on appointments to city boards.

“I believe we need to make a statement you simply, it does not matter how many boards you may think that you're on, but you know something, you're not above the law. It's just not going to be tolerated,” Faria said.

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