SOUTHINGTON — A Connecticut state trooper facing charges he assaulted his wife in July was re-arrested by local police Friday on charges he violated a protective order.
Gregory Smith, 43, of East Haddam turned himself in to Southington police after a warrant was issued charging him with two counts of violation of a protective order.
Police said in a statement that Smith went to the alleged victim’s home last month while the order was active and sent a text message earlier this month. Both incidents were reported to Southington police. The alleged victim’s identity was not released by police.
Smith was arrested last July by state police in a domestic violence incident and placed on administrative suspension.
He faces charges of felony first-degree threatening, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Police say Smith’s wife of seven months told police her husband has verbally and physically assaulted her, injured her and threatened her with a gun on multiple occasions. The woman also said he threw her phone into the woods, pulled her hair out, threw her into walls and had threatened to shoot himself.
State Police released a statement Friday about Smith’s arrest and said he is now on leave of absence from the department.
A separate internal affairs investigation has been initiated.
Smith was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond. He was scheduled to appear in New Britain Court today.