Southington Police Chief’s son charged with fourth degree sexual assault
SOUTHINGTON – The son of Police Chief Jack Daly faces a sexual assault charge after surrendering to local police on May 14.
Mark F. Daly, 24, 41 Heather Lane, was arrested on warrant on a fourth degree sexual assault charge following an investigation into a complaint alleging that Mark Daly had sexual contact with a woman 19-year-old without his consent, according to a Southington Police statement Thursday.
He was released on $ 500 bail and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on May 28.
Attempts to reach Daly at his home and office, and to reach his son, were not immediately successful Thursday evening. Department officials confirmed to Record-Journal and other media that Mark Daly is the chief’s son.
Deputy Chief William Palmieri said the department has policies regarding the investigation of criminal offenses committed by officers, but not when investigating family members of department staff.
“Incidents involving officers, family members would be reviewed by me and a decision on the investigation would be made based on the facts and circumstances of the reported incident,” Palmieri said in an email. âUpon receipt of the information, an immediate investigation was initiated by the Southington Police Department. Based on the facts and circumstances of the initial complaint and the follow-up investigation that followed, an arrest warrant was presented and signed for the arrest of Mark Daly.
Police board member Stephen Kalkowski said Thursday he was frustrated with comments online alleging patronage within the police department and said commentators misunderstood the process of charging, arresting and surety.
âIt’s just amazing how much negativity there is against the chief and the police department,â Kalkowski said. âI can assure you that there was no favoritism there. We’re looking at this … I wouldn’t be tolerable at all for any given favoritism.
Palmieri provided details of the case to members of the police commission.
âThere was no favoritism towards the chief’s son. He received the appropriate charges, âKalkowski said.
State prosecutors help determine the charges and the decision is not solely in the hands of the local police department. Likewise, bond amounts are determined by the courts, not by police officers, Kalkowski said. He urged people to refrain from passing judgment without details on the situation.
âLet him play on the court,â he said.
Journalist Nick Sambides Jr. contributed to this story.
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