East Providence officer accused of assaulting family member has been suspended


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — An East Providence police officer accused of assault last week has been suspended with pay. 

Rehoboth police say 41-year-old Sgt. Stephen Evans was arrested at about 6 p.m. on May 9 after allegedly assaulting a family member after a 911 call was placed from inside the family’s home.

He was charged with assault and battery, and arraigned the next day in Taunton District Court on charges of assault & battery on a household/family member.

Neighbors ABC 6 News spoke with said they were “sad” to hear the news, and that Evans normally keeps to himself.

“They mostly just keep to themselves,” said neighbor Bruce Miranda. “We have large lots here, a couple of acres or so. People kind of just go about their own way.”

ABC 6 did attempt to speak with the Evans family Thursday, but no one answered.

A lawyer for the Evans family released the following statement: “Steve Evans is innocent of any wrongdoing, we’re confident he will be exonerated in short order. He is a highly respected member of law enforcement, not just in East Providence but throughout the state. He looks forward to his name being cleared and putting this all behind him.”

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to ABC 6 that case is still open.

No further information was immediately released.

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