Man accused of assaulting police during arrest
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 26,2013
BENNINGTON — A Bondville man is scheduled to be arraigned on April 8 on five felony charges involving an alleged altercation with officers of the Winhall Police Department following his arrest on March 17.
William K. Loftus, 45, of Bondville, appeared in Bennington criminal court on Monday to be arraigned on one felony charge each of aggravated assault on a police officer performed in an attempt to prevent the officer from performing his legal duties, unlawful mischief and impeding a police officer and two felony counts of simple assault on a police officer. The latter charges were modified to felonies because Loftus was convicted of a previous count of simple assault on a police officer.
Loftus pleaded guilty in Bennington criminal court to simple assault on a police officer on Feb. 17, 2012.
The remaining charges faced by Loftus were misdemeanor counts of attempted simple assault by bodily fluids on a police officer and simple assault by bodily fluids on a police officer.
Loftus was not arraigned on Monday after requesting more time to hire an attorney. The arraignment was postponed for two weeks because the interpreter who appeared in court on Monday to assist Loftus, who is deaf, was not available on April 1.
In an affidavit, Officer Gregory Gould, of the Winhall Police Department, said he and Officer Doug Wright, also of Winhall, arrested Loftus at the Stratton Mountain Resort on March 17 around 1 a.m. Gould said Loftus was arrested for simple assault, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer but there were no details about the incident in the affidavit.
Bennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Alexander Burke said that incident would be prosecuted as a separate case in Windham County.
Gould said Loftus had not been compliant during his arrest and police needed help to get him into handcuffs.
While at the Winhall police station, Loftus moved toward Gould several times in an “aggressive manner,” Gould said.
According to Gould, Loftus also tried to spit on Wright and kicked a radiator on the floor of the processing room of the police station, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage. Gould said Loftus kicked his knee and Wright’s leg.
The affidavit said Loftus spit in Gould’s face when he was attempting to help deputies who had arrived to transport him to another location. The affidavit contains a photograph of Gould’s face showing “bloody sputum.”
Gould said the Winhall police station has a video camera that recorded the incident.
While Loftus was not arraigned on Monday, Judge Cortland Corsones set conditions for releasing him from custody which included an order not to harass officers of the Winhall Police Department and not to buy, possess or drink alcohol.
Loftus told the court he planned to check in to the Brattleboro Retreat for treatment this week.