Police officer pleads not guilty to domestic violence

By: Melissa Randall



East Providence Patrolman Patrick Conaty has been suspended with out pay after being accused of domestic violence.

The veteran officer turned himself in Friday on a charge of simple assault, stemming from an incident the day before. According to court documents Conaty and the woman were involved in a “dating relationship” during the last year.

Conaty was arraigned before a judge in Providence District Court Monday morning and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and is due back next Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.

Contay’s attorney, J.B. Pine, tells ABC6 News by phone that he is confident his client will be exonerated.

The police department plans to do its own internal investigation once the criminal case has concluded.

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