A Rhode Island police officer charged with punching a 73-year-old casino bathroom attendant because “the water was too cold” is seeking to avoid prison.
The Providence Journal reports that 36-year-old Pawtucket officer Michael Tousignant was charged with assaulting an elderly person.
Authorities say Tousignant was washing his hands while off-duty at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on April 1 when he complained to the attendant and then “smacked him.”
He was charged by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department.
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Tousignant said during booking that he served in the military and had been with Pawtucket police for 10 years.
He applied for a court program that would let him avoid a criminal conviction and prison. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.
Pawtucket police say Tousignant is on administrative duty and under investigation.