Police Captain Accused of Assaulting Suspect

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

A local police captain is finding himself on the other side of the law. City of Tonawanda Police Captain James Litz, a 32-year veteran of the force with a clean record according to city officials, is now charged with a federal civil rights violation.

A recently unsealed Grand Jury indictment says that back in June of 2003 Litz willfully struck and assaulted a person in the process of doing his job and the assault left the person injured. It is not clear why the indictment was sealed until now. City of Tonawanda officials tell Eyewitness News that Captain Litz had just recently filed his retirement paperwork before his arraignment. His exact retirement date is not yet set and Litz is currently taking time off from the force using accrued sick time.

Captain Litz is married to City of Tonawanda Police Chief Cindy Young. City officials tell Eyewitness News that Young is also currently taking time off from the force using sick time.

The name of the alleged assault victim is not being made public, nor are any other details about the incident. If Litz is convicted he could face up to ten years in prison.