Town official seeks to have assault charges dismissed

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A Connecticut town official charged with punching a 70-year-old man has applied for a court program that could lead to dismissal of the charges.

The Journal Inquirer reports that East Windsor Deputy Selectman Steve Dearborn applied for accelerated rehabilitation on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old Dearborn is charged with misdemeanor assault on an elderly person and breach of peace in connection with the altercation with Gerald Wilcox in June.

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Police say Dearborn and Wilcox have a yearslong dispute about the zoning rules for their neighboring businesses. Wilcox, a Vietnam veteran, told police he was in the street taking pictures of Dearborn’s property when Dearborn struck him.

Dearborn has pleaded not guilty and refused to comment about the case.

A court hearing on his application is scheduled for Jan. 9.

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