East Providence officer cleared of domestic assault charge

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A veteran East Providence police officer is back on duty after a charge against him was dismissed in court, the city’s police chief confirmed Wednesday.

Chief Christopher Parella said the domestic simple assault charge against Officer Patrick Conaty was dismissed due to a “lack of a cooperative victim.”

Conaty, 41, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor after he turned himself in on the night of July 15.

Court documents revealed the charge stemmed from an incident earlier that day with a woman Conaty had been dating.

Conaty, an 18-year veteran of the department, was suspended with pay once the charge came to light. He’s now back on regular duty, according to Parella.

The department’s Office of Professional Standards is looking into any administrative violations that might have occurred.

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