by Lisa Tome
Although he didn't win his bid for reelection, Stephen Naughton still has unfinished business from his time in office. On Friday, June 14, in Cecil County District Court, Judge John E. Nunn III agreed to allow Naughton's attorney, Tim Gunning of Towson, additional time for "discovery".
Naughton is facing charges filed by Rising Sun Mayor Robert Fisher. On Saturday, March 2, at 5:40 p.m., Mayor Robert Fisher filed a second degree assault charge against Naughton.
According to court papers, Fisher went to Cecil County District County on Saturday and alleged that Naughton assaulted him on Tuesday, February 26. The alleged incident occurred in the town hall following a public town board meeting.
In the application for Statement of Charges Fisher alleges that Naughton "attempted to pull me down a flight of stairs by my necktie screaming that I was sueing (sic) him personally which is related to me the Mayor of Rising (sic) filing an injunction to reverse and illegal act by 3 commissioners one of whom is Mr. Naugton. Mr. Naughton was on the second floor landing of the public stairs and I was on the landing of the third floor intending to descend the stairs to leave the building. Mr. Naughton was talking to a citizen on the second floor landing. When I came out the door at third floor landing, Mr. Naughton yelled "you are following me and rushed up the stairs and grabbed my necktie attempting to pull me down the stairs. Fortunately, I was able to grab the handrail and prevent both of us from falling down a full flight of stairs. Mr. Naughton was in a very agitated state and it was impossible for me to reason with him," wrote Fisher.
Second degree assault is a misdemeanor and is defined as "touching someone in an unwanted manner that could be perceived as unwanted, offensive, or potentially harmful (whether or not injury is caused.) If convicted, the penalty is no more than 10 years imprisonment and or a fine not exceeding $2,500.
Judge Nunn explained that Fisher and Naughton attempted mediation and attended one session, on April 30. Talks broke down among the parties and other mediation attempts faltered. The judge urged Fisher and Naughton to attempt to resolve their differences but allowed for the continuation.