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Daughter of Sheriff charged with interfering with police

Daughter of Sheriff charged with interfering with police

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By: Melissa Randall
mrandall@abc6.com
The daughter of Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is in hot water. Michelle Hodgson, 29, was arraigned before a District Court judge Tuesday morning on charges she interfered with a police officer who was investigating a shooting outside a New Bedford nightclub. 

Police say the sheriff's daughter was in front of the Jalice Cafe early Saturday morning. At that time officers were investigating a shooting that injured 7 people. According to court documents Hodgson was asked to leave the area. At that point she allegedly began kicking evidence on the sidewalk.

Officers say they again tried to direct her away, but that this time she began yelling "Do you know that my father's the sheriff!" Hodgson was then placed under arrest for intimidating a witness. At that point the officer involved says she demanded his badge number and threatened to have his job.

"She did nothing wrong that night. She's very confident that once the facts come out that she'll be completely exonerated. And we are not going to try it in the press but we do want things to play out but she will be completely exonerated," said Scott Demello, her private attorney.

A not guilty plea was entered on Ms. Hodgson's behalf. She was released on personal recognizance. The Sheriff would not comment on specific details but told the Standard Times- "As a Dad its upsetting to me that it happened at all."

Hodgson is due back in court October 29th.

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