Dewey Beach officer placed on leave after alleged August assault

DEWEY BEACH — A 39-year-old police officer was placed on administrative leave after an alleged assault in August eventually led to an indictment, Dewey Beach authorities said Thursday.

Gregory W. Lynch Jr.

Officer Gregory W. Lynch Jr.’s leave followed an alleged incident on Aug. 10 during a response regarding an injured 26-year-old man. The man was diagnosed with a concussion, broken nose and multiple hematomas to his face afterward, according to a probable case affidavit.
On Monday, the Delaware Department of Justice announced Officer Lynch, 39, of Milford, had been indicted on counts of second-degree assault, second-degree perjury and official misconduct.

In a probable cause affidavit regarding Officer Lynch, DOJ Special Investigator said nine witnesses — six first responders, three civilians — were interviewed during an ensuing investigation.

Describing the issue as a confidential personnel matter and maintaining it was thus exempt from Freedom of Information Act requirements, city manager Scott D. Koenig declined to comment other than confirming the leave.

Mr. Koenig referred all further questions to the DOJ.

A request for comment from Officer Lynch was also left with police.

Officer Lynch initially filed charges of strangulation and two counts of offensive touching of a law enforcement officer against the wounded man, according to the DOJ. The DOJ said it dropped the charges two days later.

The alleged incident occurred in the area of Bellevue Street and Coastal Highway.

Dewey Beach PD is budgeted for nine full-time officers, along with part-time and seasonal hires.

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