Suspended State Trooper Convicted of Assault & Battery
A Salem Superior Court jury yesterday afternoon found suspended State Trooper Thomas Downs, 60, guilty of assault and battery for an assault on his former girlfriend that occurred on February 22, 2015, in Salisbury. The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours following the five-day trial.
Judge Timothy Feeley sentenced Downs to two years of straight probation. He ordered that Downs complete a batterer’s intervention program, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and follow up treatment, stay away from and have no contact with the victim and witness, including direct or indirect contact, and have no electronic communications with them.
The Commonwealth had requested a two year sentence, to be suspended for three years. In addition to the conditions ordered, prosecutors had also asked that he remain alcohol free and be subject to random screens, and wear a GPS bracelet with exclusion zones including the victim’s home and work.
Essex Assistant District Attorneys Kim Faitella and Lynsey Leiger proved that on the night of the assault, the victim was trying to leave the Salisbury residence she shared with Downs when he blocked her car from leaving the driveway and punched her in the head several times. She suffered multiple contusions to her forehead.
Downs was found not guilty of suffocation, and of a separate count of assault and battery. He was represented by Attorney George Murphy.
Faitella thanked Sgt. Timothy Hunter and Officer Richard Dellaria from the Salisbury Police Department, and Victim/Witness Advocate Kathy Draper for their excellent work on the case. She also praised the victim for showing tremendous strength and courage throughout this ordeal.