Naugatuck Police Officer Arrested on Domestic Charges

Officer Thomas Grant will be put on paid leave following an arrest on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

Following a domestic dispute, a Naugatuck police officer is facing criminal charges of assault and threatening after being arrested Wednesday.

Thomas Grant, 38, was taken into custody at the after officers received a complaint from his live-in girlfriend on Jan. 23 that Grant punched her in the calf and grabbed her by the hair. Grant also allegedly made threats to harm her further, according to a police press release.

The incident stemmed from an argument with the girlfriend, said Deputy Police Chief Joshua Bernegger, who added that an investigation ensued and a warrant was obtained to arrest Grant on charges of third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and threatening.

The woman was not hospitalized, Bernegger said. He declined to comment as to whether there were any injuries.

After being processed, Grant posted a $25,000 court-set bond and appeared in Waterbury Superior Court on Thursday morning. Judge Richard Damiani placed a protective order against the accused, meaning Grant cannot contact the victim. The judge also sealed the original warrant to protect the identity of the victim.

Grant is due back in court on March 6.

Meanwhile, Bernegger said Grant was placed on paid administrative leave pending an outcome an internal affairs investigation.

“It’s completely investigated administratively to find out if any policies or procedures were violated,” Bernegger said.

Grant earns a base salary of $63,810, Bernegger said.

Grant’s attorney M. Leonard Caine III, declined to comment on the case at this time as the paperwork is still being processed.

Grant has been an officer for a roughly a decade, Caine said, and prior to that time he was a police dispatcher.

Grant was for helping . Police credited both Grant and Officer Bryan Coney for keeping the man alive until paramedics and EMTs got to the scene.

It’s not the first time Grant has been under scrutiny. According to the Republican-American, Grant was arrested in 2007 for a domestic incident that involved drinking. Two years later, he was involved in a bar brawl and was subject to a police internal investigation, after which he was issued a 20-day suspension for conduct unbecoming of an officer, the newspaper reported.

According to the investigation the Republican obtained, Chief Christopher Edson said Grant should have learned from the first incident and that if he will be fired if he violates the department’s alcohol policies again.

Anonymous January 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I sometimes wonder why we pay violent, recidivist, criminals to safeguard and protect our community. There ought to be stiffer penalties to people who act in this way and serve the public trust.
chris January 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
who punches in the calf? random
NaugyYouthMovementAgainstOldiesBitch January 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Protect and Serve huh?
linda hanley January 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
A police officer punching a girl!!!!!
peekaboo January 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM
peekaboo January 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
i am soooo not even surprised, about par for a naugy cop!
Marco Malak January 27, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, everybody has both their good and bad days... Everybody does things they regret in the future.. Some do it more than others...with that being said Ofc. Grant is not only a police officer but a human being just like me and you.. Although police officers are held to a higher standard, then any regular Joe Shmoe, it was still a mistake done and is probably being regretted by Grant this very moment as I speak, not only because his badge is on the line, but because the very people he protects and serves are looking down on him.. Therefore, yes he made a mistake, but so did we in our past.. One does not have to be quick on the trigger and say "oh he's a bad person" or "what a coward". Everybody does mistakes, so what, learn from them and move on... But who the hell are you to judge that man. Put yourselves in his shoes before you actually start making harsh judgements. Just remember, Grant is a police officer.. He has taken an oath to protect and serve the community and it's people.. but at the same times he is a human being and none of us are perfect.
John January 27, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Marco - I agree with you 100% that we all have our good and bad days, and that we all regret something we have done. The difference is that neither I nor anyone I personally know has been arrested twice in 5 years for domestic violence. Maybe I am just out of the loop these days and it is OK to make the "mistake" of assaulting a female? And I will NOT put myself in his shoes - because no matter what the circumstances I would never raise my hand to a woman. He did not seemed to learn from and move on after the 1st two "mistakes" as you call them. Between the 2 instances of domestic assault and also the barroom fight that earned Officer Grant a 20-day suspension for conduct unbecoming of an officer, I think some professional help may be called for in this case. I would seriously question the mindset of an Officer when he is called out to investigate a domestic violence call - when he himself seems to have issues with knowing what is right or wrong.
adrienne January 27, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Tom Grant is a good cop, at this time there only allegations,ur innocent until proven guilty,,has anyone ever been in a relationship, u really shouldnt b in? we all been there,,, give the guy a break,u cop haters,, he hasnt been on the force this long,cause hes a bad cop,, hes done alot of good works, n liked by many ppl......
Juan January 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I agree with some of the coments here. Mr grant has a bit of rep sheet . But yet it does not make him a bad person. I role played with my girlfriend the bad cop good girl scenerio and we had a different outcome.maybe a transfer to animal control officer position will teach him and his girlfriend a lesson.
Anonymous January 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Funny how any other mundane civilian such as myself would be publicly flogged here for the same offenses so fake accounts come rushing to this guy's aid. What a joke. Interesting to note also, is how quickly the Patch tried to bury this story as it's less than 24 hrs old. Why did this not also show up in the arrest report for the 23-24th? He was arrested right? Oh yes, that's right. Special treatment for those defending the thin blue line. Anyone who would even try to defend this guys is just as sick in the head. get help.
Anonymous January 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I also have to wonder how many other incidents this "man" may have been involved in but never saw the light of day. Like any other common criminal, this is just what he was CAUGHT doing.
I'd Rather Not Say January 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
It is such a sad thing to say - but this does not surprise me at all. Many of the members of the Naugy PD have a history of violence towrards woman. Much of this gets swept under the rug, along with various other illegal incidents. I can only guess how terribly bad this assault must have been that this particular officer was actually arrested for the listed charges. And to the person who thought that he should be given a job with Animal Control: This man neither deserves future employement with the borough nor should innocent animals be subjected to his (clearly) unconrollable rage. We've already had enough issues with animal cruelty in this town. Furthermore, I think we should put him up against someone twice his own size and see just how tough his really is.
Marco Malak January 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
John I agree with you about not raising your hand to a female regardless of the situation... You say you have never met anybody that has been arrested for a domestic more than twice in five years... My response.. There are o so many people right here in this town that have been charged twice a month for a domestic... Some people are just hard headed and don't learn... As for Ofc Grant, he was such a good man and he loved helping his community... But as I stated earlier, he is still a man regardless of his occupation.. In my opinion, he should seek professional help where he can actually open up and explain why he is feeling the need to lay his hands on another person... But in my opinion it maybe just be the stress of dealing with the street scum.. and just a little bit time off the force(not a suspension! But more of a small vacation) would fix this problem
wayne January 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
But we don't hit girls
MyGoodPeople January 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
And he is on paid leave. Nice how these guys take care of their own. He should lose his job. He obviously has anger managment issues and should not be allowed to carry a gun or be a cop. Previous issues plus existing issues =new occupation
Snoopy January 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
He should be fired, never allowed a gun permit in any state before he murders. A repeater of crime as a officer of the law does NOT deserve paid administration. Peeps like him and the home owners on private streets that this mayor is giving free trash pick removal to is only part of our tax problem. Seems he needs anger management, drug treatmant and long term psych help. How many more times will the chief of police allow him to commit these acts and remain on the force. He has a track record of being out of control, mentally unbalanced and a police rap sheet.. But police all over the country support and cover for their own. Look at whats going on in East Haven now. Their police chief is ? co conspirator in an ongoing DOJ and FBI investigation of their behavior. But then he came to them after the New Haven police chief exiled him to dog pound since he stated he could not be trusted with humans. And this sick officer can't be trusted either and thats why he needs the help I previously mentioned above.
Snoopy January 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM
BTW if he treats his live in girl friend this way how does he treat civilans ?????
Rob January 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Wow alot of hostility going around here. If he is found guilty he should lose his right to care a firearm just like any other private citizen would lose their right to cary. If that is the case he can't be on the police force with out a gun in this town. Before you fire someone, anyone from a job, you have to follow all the rules of employment that protects us all.
Sue Snyder January 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
In reading other articles on this arrest, it sounded to me as if this guy has anger management and alcohol issues. Makes me wonder how he ever passed to background checks to become a police officer in the first place. There appeared to be a "trigger" of a friend dying, but still, alcohol is not the way to treat grief. Guy needs some help.
MyGoodPeople January 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM
There is no excuse for the way this guy has been behaving. He is a cop and should be held to that standard not being put on paid leave. He should have to turn in his badge and gun. Imagine the poor kids that get pulled over by this guy while he is dealing with his issues. The knuckle head cop "Burr" from Oxford had multiple domestics and is still on the force. They protect their own. Look where it got the father/son team from Windsor Locks; the son hits/kills a young man on a bicycle and runs. Daddy comes along and covers up evidence. They should both be in jail.
Anonymous1 February 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
It's his 4th. domestic arrest if anyone is counting. His been given his chances and done all the programs. Time to turn in his badge...
KB February 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I have a hard time with someone on PAID Admistratuve leave for assault on domestic violence! Basically us tax payers are paying for him to be on vacation for beating his girlfriend up! Way to go Naugy PD!
Lynn February 08, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Sue, My Good People, Anonymous and KB - I second your "motion"!!! (There is no "like" button in Patch) I appreciate what most of our Officers do for our town, however, I have had two instances myself where I questioned their conduct!!! "Third degree assault, disorderly conduct and threatening" - what attorney in our town would represent such a "man"?
Cheryl P. August 04, 2012 at 08:09 AM
I know this is an old piece, but I ran across it and had to respond to this question. I will tell u how he treats civilians as I had first hand in seeing it on both sides of the coin. My son (over 21) had gotten into trouble a while back and this guy was the responder. While my boy did wrong, this public servant "labeled" my son and gave him a hard time every time he saw him, although he did nothing wrong. On the other side of it, my teenage daughter was being bullied a time ago, Once again, HE was the responder. Rather than listening to her story (she was crying uncontrollably) he was very brusque and treated HER like the bully, and offered her zero protection from the girls that were picking on her! By the time I got there, he had forced her (she pleaded with him, to no avail, not to make her go near them) to go stand next to the very people who bullied (and continued to while he wasn't looking!) I was furious, and told him so, to which he responded, well, if I arrest them, I have to arrest your daughter. Seriously? that's your response? (she was 13, they were 15, in high school.) Not all NPD are like him, so I will not "label" them. But for this officer? Protect and serve? I think not! Maybe for himself. ty for listening. :)


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