- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Portsmouth’s chief building inspector has agreed to a legal diversion agreement in exchange for having a misdemeanor assault charge against him dismissed.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2kJPq35 ) 62-year-old Robert Marsilia, of Kittery, Maine, reached the deal with prosecutors last week.

Marsilia had been accused of grabbing David Osterhoudt - an area contractor - by the shoulders and shaking him last year during a tense city hall session over new inspections managers and procedures.

Under the agreement, Marsilia acknowledges prosecutors could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he knowingly caused “unprivileged physical contact” to Osterhoudt.

Marsilia must complete 40 hours of community service within six months. He’s expected in court in July to provide proof.

Marsilia’s attorney didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Officials say Marsilia will keep his job.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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