Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, and East Greenwich Police Chief Thomas Coyle, announce the arrest of an East Greenwich Police Lieutenant on charges relating to the excessive use of force on a prisoner at the East Greenwich Police Station. The State Police identified the Lieutenant as Paul C. Nahrgang, age 44, of 46 Landis Drive East Greenwich, Rhode Island and charged him with Disorderly Conduct and Simple Assault.
The arrest was the result of an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police Major Crimes Unit of an incident that occurred at the East Greenwich Police Station in the early evening hours on May 22nd, 2013. Chief Coyle contacted the State Police and requested assistance after observing a video tape of the incident the following day. As a result of the investigation, the State Police allege that on May 22nd, 2013 Lieutenant Nahrgang used excessive force and assaulted the 44 year old victim while he was in police custody. The victim had been arrested earlier in the evening and charged with Malicious Mischief.
On July 16th, 2013 the State Police Major Crimes Unit obtained an Arrest Warrant for Paul Nahrgang signed by the Honorable Associate Judge William C. Clifton of the Third Division District Court. Later on in the afternoon of July 16th, 2013 Nahrgang turned himself to State Police Headquarters in North Scituate and was arraigned by Justice of the Peace John J. McCaffery. He was released on $1,000.00 personal recognizance bail pending a formal arraignment in Third Division District Court on July 23rd, 2013.
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander, Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, 401-444-1006