MACHIAS, Maine — Sgt. Troy Lyons, a Washington County corrections officer, was assaulted by an unknown assailant Monday night as he was conducting a routine perimeter check outside the county jail.
Lyons sustained lacerations to his forehead and a bruised shoulder when the assault occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. He was treated for his injuries at Down East Community Hospital in Machias and released.
“We have nothing,” Sheriff Donnie Smith said Tuesday, referring to motive or suspects. “It happened back by the garage area, where it’s dark and there are no cameras. We’ve looked at all the video, and there’s nothing to go on there.”
Smith said no words were exchanged between Lyons and his assailant.
“Troy said he heard a noise and at first thought it was the wind.”
Smith said Lyons is temporarily off duty as a result of his injuries.
From November 16th:
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith now believes that the reported Oct. 29 assault on Sgt. Troy Lyons, a Washington County corrections officer, outside the county jail may have never happened.
Smith said Thursday that Lyons has been suspended and that his employment may be terminated.
Lyons was treated the night of Nov. 1 at a local hospital for lacerations to his forehead and a bruised shoulder after he reported an assault that he said occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m while he was conducting a routine perimeter check.
“After a careful investigation we believe this did not happen,” Smith told The Bangor Daily News in an email. “I have suspended Sgt. Lyons and requested he take a polygraph so we could clear him of this issue. He was advised by the union not to participate. I have requested that his employment with the County of Washington be terminated.”
A polygraph is to the benefit of the officer, if he is truthful.
Had we had his original statement, we would have analyzed it for truth or deception. In an assault case, it is not difficult to discern deception because we go by the "expected" and presuppose truth, only to be 'surprised' if he does not use language commonly associated with an assault, including sensory description.
The question of termination, Smith said, will be on the agenda of the Dec. 13 meeting of the Washington County Commissioners.
Smith said Friday that the investigation into the alleged assault has concluded that Lyons’ injuries were self-inflicted.
Smith said Friday he’s uncertain what motive Lyons might have had for fabricating an assault report, “other than he is out of vacation and sick time.”