Police lieutenant accused of beating girlfriend, a strip club worker
A Providence Police lieutenant is in trouble with the law after Warwick Police say he beat his girlfriend when he got home from his detail at the Wild Zebra strip club, the same place his girlfriend works.
According to a police report, Lt. Francis J. Donnelly was in a six-month relationship with the worker at the Wild Zebra.
Donnelly was working a detail at the club in the early morning hours of February 2. When he got out of work he met up with the victim and the two began arguing.
Police said that things turned ugly when the victim found text messages from another woman on Donnelly's phone. According to the report, Donnelly became 'irate' and took the victims phone and locked himself in the bathroom.
When he came out police said that's when Donnelly hit the woman several times in the face. The woman then tried packing her things and leaving but Donnelly grabbed her by the neck and shoved her against the wall, the report said.
The victim reported the attack a few hours later at Warwick Police headquarters, and officers tried getting in touch with Donnelly.
A warrant was eventually issued and later that afternoon Donnelly turned himself in.
The report claims that the woman had several marks on her from the attack. Donnelly also suffered scratches when the woman tried fighting back.
Donnelly was charged with domestic assault and domestic disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
He pleaded not guilty and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
ABC 6 reached out to Donnelly's lawyer for comment but our call was not immediately returned.
The lieutenant is on administrative leave.