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Rhode Island Governor’s Top Employee Arrested in Waterbury on Misdemeanor Charge

Rhode Island Governor's Top Employee Arrested in Waterbury on Misdemeanor Charge
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A senior adviser to the governor of Rhode Island was charged with unlawful trespass and unlawful mischief, according to the Vermont state police. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

A top Rhode Island governor was arrested this weekend on felony charges in Vermont after police were called to a home in Waterbury over a report of a man attempting to steal a vehicle.

Christopher Farrell, 38, was charged with unlawful trespass and unlawful mischief, according to a press release from the Vermont State Police Department.

Farrell’s address in the press release is Stowe. The Boston Globe reported On Monday, Farrell has a home in Stowe and also lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The paper also reported that Farrell is also a senior advisor to Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee.

According to the report from Vermont State Police Trooper John Gildea, police received a call about a reported break-in on Sunset Drive in Waterbury around 1 p.m. Saturday.

While troopers responded to that call, the release noted, a second call reported that a man was trying to steal a vehicle from a residence. Troopers went to the scene and found Farrell, along with Waterbury Emergency Medical Services, and investigations led to his arrest on the count of the crime.

Waterbury EMS took Farrell to Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin to speak with a Washington County Mental Health screener, the release said.

Farrell will appear in Washington County Superior Criminal Court in Barre on August 25 on a charge of the indictment.

Adam Silverman, a spokesman for the Vermont State Police Department, said on Monday that more information in the case will be released when an affidavit from the police explaining the charges becomes public after Farrell’s arraignment.

Washington state attorney Rory Thibault, whose office is prosecuting Waterbury crimes, said Monday afternoon that he had not yet received any paperwork regarding Farrell’s case and was therefore unable to comment on the matter.

Laura Hart, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Administration, said in an emailed statement to The Globe Monday: “While we will not comment further on this pending matter, Mr. Farrell has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. outcome of this personal health issue.”

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