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Former Mayor Szostkiewicz Explains His Arrest

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — Last night, former Holyoke mayor Dan Szostkiewicz was arrested for assault and battery inside his Southwick home.

Earlier this evening, ABC40 sat down with the former mayor to hear his side of the story.

Szostkiewicz says he was at a hockey game with his daughter when his ex-wife showed up at his home and started harassing their 14-year-old autistic son.

Szostkiewicz and his new wife have sole legal custody of the boy — who immediately called his father, asking for help.

“She’s not even supposed to be near my son and he asked her to leave,” says Szostkiewicz. “She wouldn’t leave and I had to race home, asked her to leave and did not lay a hand on the woman.”

Szostkiewicz added, “I had to escort her out the front door, but because of the statement she made to police I have an assault and battery charge against me at this point in time.”

Szostkiewicz was taken out of his home in handcuffs. His arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Westfield.

He says he plans to fight all criminal charges against him.

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    Mr. Dan Szostkiewicz — Allow me to give you the very same message you gave me when I was in the exact same circumstances — “Women can do no harm. Period.”

    In reality Dan, good men who have done no wrong and who have hurt no one, ever, are easy targets. All one need do is “claim” you have done wrong and no proof is needed. You can even have witnesses to defend and uphold the truth, but you are the man and thus “must” be wrong.

    Try to remember what this feels like next time you’re in court room. And actually fight to defend justice.