A Quincy police captain has been placed on paid administrative leave after allegedly assaulting his pregnant wife.
Quincy Police Captain Michael Miller, 50, who lives in Quincy, was arrested on Saturday and charged with aggravated assault for an incident that took place on Friday, police said.
“It’s always troubling when a police officer, when there is an accusation made,” said Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan. “We take it seriously and that’s why we took immediately action and placed him on administrative leave.”
Though set to be arraigned Monday, Miller's attorney successfully pushed the arraignment to July 15 to compile dismissal documents.
Miller's Attorney, Jack McGlone, denied the accusations and said he expects the case to be quickly dismissed. Miller has been released on personal recognizance until his next court hearing.
According to Keenan, Miller had gone to Plymouth on Friday to pick up his five-year-old daughter from his estranged wife, who is nine months pregnant.
Police were called for a domestic violence dispute at approximately 4 p.m., said Plymouth Police Captain John Rogers, who would not go into further detail.
Later that day, the wife filed a restraining order against Miller, Keenan said.
“Quincy Police served it late at night Friday night,” Keenan said. “We served it without incident. We took his firearm and firearms ID as is required by law.”
On Saturday, the wife went into the station to fill out an affidavit regarding the restraining order and police decided to issue criminal charges, Keenan said.
Keenan said Miller found out about the charges and went down to the police station. He was booked and made bail a short while later.
Keenan said Miller had been cooperative throughout the process. If and when Miller is allowed to return to work will depend on the court’s findings.
“At this point it’s only an allegation,” Keenan said. “It would depend on the criminal activity or what he’s involved with. We’ll have to wait on what the charges are and what comes out of the court process.”
Keenan stressed that Miller has not been found guilty. He will continue to receive a paycheck during his absence.
McGlone said he expects his client to be back to work within weeks.
According to McGlone, the couple was arguing about finances when the captain's wife went into another room. One of the two opened the door, hitting the woman in the stomach.
When Miller threatened to call police over the custody issue, the woman called police because of the alleged assault, McGlone said.
Charges were issued because an assault on a pregnant woman is a felony, McGlone said. He also suspected Plymouth police didn't want to be accused of favoritism by not issuing charges.
McGlone said he hoped the case would be dismissed prior to an arraignment so that the charges are not listed on a permanent record.
"At the end of the day, the case will be dismissed. It's being blown way out of proportion," he said.