WAREHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — A veteran Lakeville fire lieutenant – recently forced to resign amid allegations of sexual assault – was arraigned on criminal charges Monday.
Thomas Dunlevy, 51, pleaded not guilty in a Wareham courtroom Monday to charges of rape, assault and battery, witness intimidation and procuring alcohol for a minor.
The charges stem from allegations levied by one of Dunlevy’s subordinates – a firefighter who is now 22 years old.
According to documents obtained by Eyewitness News, the firefighter told police Dunlevy game him alcohol and sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions.
Lakeville Fire Chief Daniel Hopkins said he first learned about the alleged incidents – which date back to 2014 – in February of this year.
“I was surprised, very surprised,” Hopkins said. “I actually couldn’t believe it at first, but I had to investigate it and talk to town counsel and we went from there.”
Hopkins said he and the town counsel launched an internal investigation and gave Dunlevy the option to resign or be terminated. Dunlevy chose to resign.
Hopkins said after Dunlevy’s resignation, a police investigation began and that resulted in the lieutenant’s arrest.
Following the arraignment, the judge set bail at $25,000 and ordered Dunlevy to have no contact with his accuser and to stay away from the Lakeville Fire Department.