- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) - The town has agreed to pay $117,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former police officer, who said the police department didn’t accommodate a disability that caused him to assault a woman in a wheelchair and her 4-year-old son.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/1suRR8Y) Robbinsville will pay the money to Mark Lee, an 18-year police veteran and former sergeant.

Lee alleged the police department didn’t make accommodations for the mental illness that led to the assault, which occurred while he was on duty. His lawsuit said officials blocked him from getting accrued vacation time and opposed an application for temporary disability benefits.

Lee burst into the woman’s apartment at a home for people with disabilities on Sept. 18, 2012, knocked her over in her wheelchair and assaulted the boy, authorities said. When responding officers arrived at the apartment, they found Lee partially clothed and sitting on a couch, authorities said.

Lee was suspended without pay and was charged with several offenses, including official misconduct and aggravated assault. He remained in a hospital crisis unit for 30 days and later was admitted into a three-year pre-trial intervention program. A condition of that program forced him to resign from the police force.

Town officials declined to comment on the settlement.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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