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Waltham police chief guilty in domestic assault

Jurors concluded he beat his wife

Police Chief Thomas LaCroix in Waltham District Court.

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Police Chief Thomas LaCroix in Waltham District Court.

A Concord District Court jury found Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix guilty Wednesday of twice assaulting his wife, Andrea, in fits of anger on June 12 last year at the couple’s home in Maynard.

Andrea LaCroix had earlier testified that her husband has never attacked her.

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The jury convicted Thomas LaCroix on two assault and battery counts, one in which he picked up his wife and threw her in the couple’s garage and another that left her with a bloody, swollen lip.

He was acquitted on charges that he assaulted his wife by slamming her head on a kitchen countertop, that he attacked his wife’s friend Shannon Policano, and that he threatened to kill both if they went to police.

Reached by telephone, Thomas LaCroix declined to comment.

His attorney, Thomas Drechsler, said that he is considering an appeal.

“My client — he’s a fighter, and we will continue to review options in this case,’’ he said.

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Judge J. Elizabeth Cremens set sentencing for July 10. LaCroix faces up to 2½ years in jail for each assault and battery count.

LaCroix has been on paid leave from his chief’s job since his arrest by Maynard police on June 14 last year.

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said Waltham is going through an administrative process to stop paying LaCroix, and that city officials will begin an investigation into whether LaCroix should continue to keep his job.

The guilty verdicts followed about six hours of deliberations and came after Andrea LaCroix had testified that her husband has never assaulted her.

“My husband has never laid a hand on me, ever,’’ she said in testimony during the five-day trial.

LaCroix said she injured herself when she fell while attacking her husband during a long and bitter argument.

But Policano testified that Andrea LaCroix showed up on her doorstep, shaking and with a swollen and bloody lip.

She said LaCroix told her “Tom just beat the [expletive] out of me.”

Policano also testified that when she and Andrea went to the LaCroix home to retrieve Andrea’s clothes and cellphone, she saw Thomas LaCroix slam his wife’s head into the kitchen counter and pick her up and throw her in the garage.

Also, two employees at TJX headquarters in Framingham, where Andrea works as an audit manager, testified she told them, in separate conversations on June 13 last year, that her husband had assaulted her. One of the witnesses said she noticed Andrea’s swollen lip and bruises.

On Wednesday, before the verdicts were delivered, jurors had asked to see a magnified version of a surveillance video that was taken of Andrea after she went to the Maynard Police Department on the night of June 12 last year.

In his closing remarks Tuesday, Drechsler pointed to the surveillance video which, he said, showed that Andrea was walking normally without a limp.

He also cited medical records in which a doctor wrote that Andrea’s lip was not swollen, as Policano said, and that she did not have bruises on her arms and legs, as her work friend Claire Coen testified.

Drechsler said Policano made “gross exaggerations” in her accusations.

He chastised prosecutors for meddling in a married couple’s private affairs.

“The only two people who were there during the argument was Andrea and her husband,” he said.

But in her closing statement, prosecutor Suzanne Kontz said that one of the surveillance videos Drechsler mentioned clearly showed Andrea having trouble sitting down and standing up.

Kontz also said the doctor who examined Andrea LaCroix reported spending only 2 minutes with her, versus the one hour and 10 minutes a nurse did.

The nurse, Angela Jean, testified Monday that she had reported that Andrea LaCroix told her she was “pulled and thrown.”

Kontz questioned the credibility of Andrea LaCroix’s testimony, noting that she had stated that, from the beginning, she was worried about her husband’s job security and that she was a beneficiary of his pension.

“She has an absolute motive for the testimony,’’ Kontz said. “She told you.”

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com.

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