Former county legislator Ronald D. Townsend appeared briefly in City Court this morning as his assault case moves forward.
Townsend, 74, of 1112 Laurel St., appeared with his attorney, David A. Longeretta, before visiting Judge James W. Betro, on a charge of third-degree assault. Townsend’s case was adjourned for motions to July 17, with any possible pre-trial hearings set for Sept. 11.
Police said at about 1:40 p.m. June 2, Townsend sprayed a man with pepper spray on Westbrook Drive, causing a burning sensation to the face and blurred vision. Police said Townsend was in his motor vehicle at the time and sprayed the man from the driver’s seat, then drove away. The victim, who was on a bicycle, sought treatment at Rome Memorial Hospital.
According to the victim, he is the father of a woman whom Townsend was convicted of forcibly touching at the Rome YMCA in 2015.