A former member of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s transition team was arrested by MBTA Transit Police on domestic violence charges, and Rollins said Wednesday that the prosecution of Jeremy Thompson will be handled by another office to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Thompson was arrested at the Massachusetts Avenue Station on the MBTA’s Orange Line on Monday after he allegedly threatened a T contractor with whom he has a child that he was going to “put you in a box with your mother.”
Thompson was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday on charges of criminal harassment and assault on a family member, and the arraignment was handled by Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Andrew Boulanger, Rollins’s office said in a statement.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on personal recognizance after a judge rejected a prosecution request that bail be set at $500 cash, prosecutors said.
Boulanger was described as a “line prosecutor with no connection to the DA’s Transition Team.”
Thompson’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
Rollins was elected in November to succeed Daniel F. Conley.
Her victory made her the first woman and first woman of color to hold the office, routinely considered the top law enforcement job in the county, which is composed of Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere.
Recently, Rollins and Governor Charlie Baker have publicly feuded over Rollins’s goals for her office, which include reducing through selective prosecution the number of people imprisoned. She has also criticized the handling of a case involving Baker’s son, Andrew “AJ” Baker, who has been accused of groping a woman but has not faced any criminal charges.
Thompson is listed on Rollins’s campaign website as a member of her large transition team.
He is described as “Jeremy Thompson community member.”
According to Rollins’s office, Thompson’s role in the transition team ended in February.
”To avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, Suffolk prosecutors will refer the case to another district attorney’s office before the next scheduled court date of May 23,’’ Rollins’s office said in the statement.
Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan confirmed the arrest of a man named Jeremy Thompson but declined comment because the allegations involve domestic violence.