Former Seekonk lieutenant pleads not guilty to larceny charge

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SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A former Seekonk police lieutenant charged with larceny was released on personal recognizance after entering a not guilty plea in court Tuesday.

Former Seekonk Lt. David Dyson faces one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, and five counts of violating public employee standards of conduct. Both alleged crimes are misdemeanors.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said Dyson obtained more than $1,200 by padding the hours he worked detail shifts at the Arcade Avenue construction project in Seekonk from March 2016 to October 2017.

Court documents obtained by Eyewitness News reveal Dyson reportedly boasted about the crime, telling his colleagues, “that’s what a case of beer will get you,” in reference to him not having to work the minimum four hours to receive eight hours of pay.

An investigator’s report also revealed Dyson was captured on camera apparently leaving his post after two to three hours, despite submitting time sheets for eight hours of detail pay.

Dyson had been with the Seekonk Police Department for more than 20 years before retiring in June 2018 following an internal affairs investigation. In his brief appearance at Taunton District Court Wednesday, he thanked the judge before being released on his own recognizance.

Dyson’s attorney Kenneth Anderson told Eyewitness News Dyson was “well-liked and highly regarded” within the Seekonk Police department. 

“The circumstances that resulted in the current charges came about as the result of a review of over two and a half years of Lt. Dyson’s work history, after which irregularities were discovered on six days,” Anderson said in a statement. “We look forward to resolving these allegations through the court system.”

Dyson’s case is set to continue with a pre-trial conference in June.

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