EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 22, 2012

North Andover town manager mum on police officer's status

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Town Manager Andrew Maylor steadfastly declined Friday to reveal the employment status of police Officer Thomas F. Driscoll, who was found not guilty of witness intimidation Dec. 13.

“It’s a personnel matter and I cannot comment,” Maylor said.

A source who asked not to be identified said Driscoll has been on paid administrative leave for the past several months. The complaint against Driscoll was issued by Lawrence District Court on April 13.

The complaint, requested by state police Lt. Norman Zuk, alleged that Driscoll intimidated a young woman who said she was touched inappropriately by Driscoll’s father, Thomas P. Driscoll.

The elder Driscoll is expected to be tried on two counts of indecent assault and battery in February, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Officer Driscoll told the young woman, who was 16 when the alleged assaults happened, that she shouldn’t report the incidents to authorities, according to the complaint.

The officer apologized to the young woman the next day, Zuk wrote.

Peabody District Court Judge Richard Mori found Driscoll not guilty after he waived his right to a jury trial. Lawrence District Court Judge Michael Brooks transferred the case to the Peabody court to avoid a conflict of interest.