Selectman to be Arraigned on Assault Charge Tuesday

Keith Lucy, a member of the Danvers Board of Selectmen, will be arraigned on Tuesday in Salem District Court on an assault charge.

A member of the Danvers Board of Selectmen is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on assault charges in connection with an incident at Town Hall on Election Day in September.

Keith G. Lucy, 47, of 7 Ashley Lane faces a single count of assault after the incident on Sept. 6, the day of the primary election.

The charges were not filed by police but instead by a citizen, who sought a hearing in front of a Salem District Court magistrate. That magistrate, who heard the complaint from Town Meeting member John Fratus of Appleton Street in a hearing closed to the public, found there was probable cause to issue a criminal complaint against Lucy. He was then issued a summons on Oct. 25 to appear at an arraignment on Tuesday.

The assault charge is a misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to 2-1/2 years in jail or a fine up to $1,000.

Fratus said in a statement of facts filed with the court that it all started that evening when he was in the Town Hall looking at state primary election results when Lucy allegedly stepped in front of his wife, Frances, and resident Julie Curtis.

“He was red in the face and looked angry,” Fratus wrote.

As Lucy allegedly yelled at Frances Fratus, John Fratus said he stepped in front of Lucy to stop him from yelling at his wife.

Later, Lucy allegedly “swung his open hand within an inch of my face,” John Fratus wrote.

Fratus said he stepped back because he was afraid Lucy would hit him and told Lucy that if he wanted to strike him “go ahead and do it.” That’s when Lucy left, Fratus said.

A complete copy of Fratus’ statement of facts in attached to this story as a PDF.

In Massachusetts, assault is not outlined specifically in state law and instead is defined by common law, meaning “any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury upon another” with the ability carry it out and an “intentional display of force that would give the victim reason to fear immediate bodily harm.” The charge does not allege that there was any contact, which would constitute battery.

Attorney Michel Smerczynski of Peabody represents Lucy. Reached at his office on Monday, Smerczynski said he had did not want to comment on the case.

Fratus is represented by Slattery, a Peabody attorney who ran for the 2nd Essex District seat in the state Senate, which includes Danvers, and was defeated by Salem City Council President Joan Lovely on the night of the alleged incident. Lovely went on to win in the general election earlier this month.

Lucy has been a selectman for more than eight yeas and Fratus is in his second term as a Town Meeting member and formerly served on the Finance Committee.

Pat Wilson November 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Let's see; parking illegally and tearing out at Endicott Park resulting in a State Ethics commission ruling. Yelling at almost every Selectman in the past 8 years. Swearing at public meetings at other Selectmen. yelling at Zoning Board members. Raised voices at members of the public in selectman's meetings resulting in public apologies. and the hits keep on coming. When will the Board stop protecting this bully? When will he realize he cannot control himself and resign? Time for a vote of no confidence by the board, and a vote out of office in the spring.
jerry myers November 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable in our town government. We will remember this when it's time to vote.
Pat Wilson November 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I did not say he has done nothing, but his actions, and anger have no place as a civic leader. It has nothing to do with his political party, in fact, at the Town level, races are non-partisan. Mr. Motto, when is it EVER acceptable for a Selectman to yell at people in Town Hall? Regardless of which political party they belong to.
Michael McNeil November 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Moonbats going after a republican.
Maria Salvaggio November 22, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Agree 100%
paul meinerth November 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
An apology and some forgiveness would do both men well.
Pat Wilson November 23, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Why do you presume "both"? Mr.Lucy started yelling at this man's elderly wife. Mr. Fratus stepped between them and Mr. Lucy swung at him. What would you have done? And is this how you expect your selectmen to behave? Time to resign.
Michael McNeil November 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
The sixties generation spoiled rotten Moonbats like the Fratus couple and their ilk have only become bigger punks with age.
Michael McNeil November 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Moonbats love to toss around the Troll word. Moonbats...
Debbie Dunn March 24, 2013 at 02:10 AM
May 7th everyone is the date for showing Keith Lucy that he cannot threaten and bully Danvers residents any longer. We waited too long already to get rid of this angry loose cannon. Plus I am tired of being asked by my friends in other towns, esp Topsfield, why we continue to elect this deranged individual.
Maria Salvaggio June 11, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Why is my post still not approved from Nov 20, 2012?
John Castelluccio (Editor) June 11, 2013 at 01:16 PM
M Salvaggio, which comment was that? I'm not aware of any comments on this story being removed, but I was also not the editor for our Danvers site at the time.


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