- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A Boston district fire chief facing possible departmental charges has instead submitted his retirement after pleading guilty to assault and battery last month.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2bHfEtU ) 54-year-old Paul Hutchinson admitted to engaging in lewd conduct in front of a woman before assaulting her inside a parked car in July 2015.

Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn ordered Hutchinson to face charges that he violated the department’s regulations after learning of the plea. But the Westwood man submitted his retirement paperwork a day before Tuesday’s scheduled hearing.

Fire officials say Hutchinson will retain his pension for 29 years of service by retiring. For a member to forfeit their pension for “misconduct,” a conviction must involve a violation of laws applicable to his or her position.

Hutchinson couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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