Former Dewey Beach officer convicted for assault

Delaware State News
Posted 9/22/21

WILMINGTON — A former Dewey Beach police officer pleaded guilty to multiple offenses regarding a 2019 assault while on duty, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced …

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Former Dewey Beach officer convicted for assault

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WILMINGTON — A former Dewey Beach police officer pleaded guilty to multiple offenses regarding a 2019 assault while on duty, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Wednesday.

Gregory Lynch was convicted for an incident when he climbed onto a stretcher and repeatedly punched an injured, unaggressive victim in the face. Other officers present told investigators that the punches were powerful enough to spray blood from the victim’s face onto their uniforms, the AG said.

Lynch then handcuffed the victim to the stretcher and pulled him into an ambulance by his head, the AG said. The victim was later diagnosed with a concussion, a broken nose, multiple hematomas, and lacerations to his face.

After the beating, the AG said, Lynch falsely claimed in a sworn affidavit that the victim had committed strangulation and two counts of offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, telling a fellow officer “that’s what I do when they don’t comply – I make them felons.”

The AG said EMTs and fellow police came forward days later to contradict Lynch’s claims.

Lynch pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree perjury, and third-degree assault.

Under the victim-supported plea, Lynch will serve one year of Level 3 (intensive supervision) probation and sacrifice his Council on Police Training certification, permanently banning him from serving as a police officer again. As a result of the felony conviction, Lynch will also be prohibited from buying or possessing a firearm.