Town Employee Arrest Kept Off Franklin Police Log

Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian told The Milford Daily News on Wednesday that he stands by his decision to delay posting the weekend arrest of a longtime town employee from the public daily police log, the paper reported.

Maxine Kinhart, 56, the assistant to the town administrator, was reportedly arrested Sunday night and charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The police department went against its standard procedure of immediately posting arrests on the town’s website by intentionally leaving out our Kinhart’s arrest.

According to The Milford Daily News, Semerjian wanted to give Kinhart time to “get her affairs in order before adding it to the public document.”

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Under Massachusetts law, police departments must keep daily public logs that list, chronologically, all responses to valid complaints received, crimes reported, names and addresses of persons arrested and charges filed against them.

Semerjian told The Milford Daily News he has kept off names from the arrest log in the past “on a case-by-case basis.”

Kinhart’s arrest has since appeared on the arrest log.