Charges dropped in police chief attack

Saturday September 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Central Berkshire District Court judge on Friday dismissed criminal charges filed against the woman who was accused of attacking former Hinsdale Police Chief Christian Pedoty with a stapler during a lover’s quarrel in May.

District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg dropped the charges against 24-year-old Ashley L. Gabriel at Pedoty’s request. Pedoty, who is Gabriel’s boyfriend, asked the court to dismiss the matter because he had received compensation from Gabriel.

The process, known legally as "accord and satisfaction," allows a case to be dismissed before trial if the victim acknowledges he or she has received monetary satisfaction for their injuries.

Gabriel, who was a part-time Peru police officer at the time the incident took place, hit Pedoty in the face with a stapler during a heated argument in Pedoty’s office located in the Hinsdale town hall, according to a state police report.

They argued over allegations that Pedoty was having an affair with Gabriel’s sister, the report stated.

Police said Pedoty had cuts on his face. Both Gab riel and Pedoty told police she had accidentally hit him with a stapler that she threw in anger, but had aimed at the floor, not at Pedoty.

On Friday, Gabriel’s attorney Thomas E. Argenio of Springfield, told the court the incident wasn’t a major issue, and that Pedoty’s injuries had not required medical attention.

"They argued. Period," he said.

Gabriel was suspended from the department following her arrest. Her current employment status is unclear. Peru Police Chief Scott Vega was unavailable for comment. Calls to Peru Selectman Douglas Haskins Sr. and Gabriel’s attorney were not immediately returned.

Pedoty stepped down as Hinsdale’s police chief in June.

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