Jun 3, 2016 8:19 AM

Portsmouth's chief building inspector charged with assault after incident at city hall

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Portsmouth's chief building inspector has been charged in connection with an altercation that he allegedly had with a local contractor at a closed-doors meeting at city hall in May.

Capt. Frank Warchol told The Portsmouth Herald that 61-year-old Robert Marsilia was arrested on May 31 on a warrant charging him with a misdemeanor account of simple assault.

Police said Marsilia "purposely caused unprivileged contact" with the victim by grabbing the contractor by his shoulders and shaking him during a tense April 6 meeting where tempers flared. The meeting was called to allow contractors to air complaints about new inspections managers and procedures.

City Manager John Bohenko said Marsilia remains in his position "as he proceeds to receive due process under the law."

Marsilia couldn't be reached for comment.

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