In June 2014, the Rhode Island State Police received a request from Newport Police Chief Gary T. Silva to investigate an incident involving Mr. Farley who is a member of the Newport City Council.
The investigation by members of the State Police Major Crimes Unit resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant alleging that:
• On June 9, 2014, the Newport Police received a call for service from Michael Farley and responded to 24/26 Hunter Street;
• The Newport Police conducted an initial investigation into an incident between Mr. Farley and a contractor who was working at 24 Hunter Street, which abuts Mr. Farley's property;
• The contractor was using a ladder, which he believed belonged to the owner of the home he was working at;
• Mr. Farley confronted the contractor and accused him of stealing his ladder; and
• The confrontation led to a physical altercation, in which it is alleged that Mr. Farley assaulted the contractor.
Michael Farley was arraigned today in Second Division District Court. Mr. Farley pled nolo contendere to a charge of simple assault. The Honorable Associate Judge Colleen M. Hastings sentenced Mr. Farley to a one year filing, ordered him to have no contact with the victim and provide restitution to the victim for medical expenses.