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New Haven Fire Dept. battalion chief locked up for assault

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Embattled New Haven fire Battalion Chief Herschel Wadley is in deep legal trouble again following his arrest Thursday for disorderly conduct and third degree assault.  Wadley surrendered to West Haven police late Thursday, nearly two months after News 8 first broke the allegations him.

We told you then Wadley had been accused of shoving a female worker at Horwitz Uniforms in the head and grabbing her by the neck.  The arrest warrant confirms what we first learned and it reveals Wadley allegedly did a lot more by squeezing the back on the woman's neck and shaking her neck side to side causing second degree whiplash.  His accuser is the wife of a firefighter Wadley supervises.

According to investigators, the alleged attack was the result of a dispute between Wadley and the worker over a pair of hundred dollar uniform boots Wadley was not authorized to buy with his city uniform voucher.

News 8's Mario Boone uncovered Wadley's tumultuous history on the job, including multiple suspensions and reprimands.

In 2009 Wadley was ordered into therapy and his paramedic license placed on a year-long probation, according to records from the state Department of Public Health, after he admitted showing a picture of his genitalia to a female hospital worker.

Wadley was released on a promise to appear in court, but efforts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.  Emails seeking comment from fire Chief John Alston Jr. and Mayor Toni Harp's office received no response.

Peter Bowman, an attorney representing the alleged victim, released the following statement: "My client will continue to cooperate with the West Haven Police Department and the State’s Attorney as this case progresses in the criminal court.  My client suffered physical and emotional injuries from this assault. We are exploring all legal options, including potential claims against the City of New Haven given the alleged prior conduct of Mr. Wadley. While my client supports the great work of the firefighters and officers in the City of New Haven and throughout Connecticut, this was harmful and outrageous conduct that must be addressed so it, or something similar, does not happen again."


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