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September 14, 2013

Driscoll faces low-key election with 2 challengers

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Both of Driscoll’s opponents this fall have arrest records.

Sawicki, 60, has been arrested numerous times over the past decade, for violating a restraining order, disorderly conduct, trespassing, disturbing the peace and other charges. He is perhaps best known for an incident during his campaign for City Council in 2007, when he allegedly locked a man in a portable toilet and tipped it over in a dispute over a $28 debt. He served two weeks in jail.

Ashley was arrested in Fairfield, Conn., in 2010 and charged with sexual assault. Police say he grabbed a female during closing time at a beach-side cafe; the woman reported it to authorities.

“That was a dumb decision I made when I was in college,” Ashley said this week. “I was newly 21 and being an idiot.”

The Salem News was unable to find any record of a case in the Connecticut court system following Ashley’s arrest. Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, a media spokeswoman for the Connecticut courts, said the court has “no public record” to release regarding Ashley.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said Ashley’s case was “erased,” and he had no further information to release.

The Salem Public Schools personnel department confirmed this week Ashley works as a substitute teacher in the district, and that a criminal background check is done on all employees.

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