Former Springfield City Councilor charged with indecent assault on child

John Lysak facing charge out of Northampton District Court

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak is seen here in a WWLP file image from 2012.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak has been arrested on an accusation that he sexually assaulted a child.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Lysak was arrested at his Elijah Street home at 6:45 Thursday morning by members of the Warrant Apprehension Unit on a Northampton District Court warrant for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

According to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the alleged incident is said to have taken place in Goshen back in August of 2014.

22News contacted Lysak, who referred all questions to Charles Dolan, the attorney who is representing him.

Dolan told 22News that Lysak maintains his innocence, and has been cooperating fully with the investigation, which is still going on right now.

Lysak was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty during his arraignment in Northampton District Court Thursday, but has been ordered to wear a GPS device. He is due back in court on July 9.

Lysak was first elected to represent Ward 8 (Indian Orchard, Boston Road, and Pine Point) when the city switched to ward representation in 2009. He was re-elected in 2011, but defeated for re-election by current Councilor Orlando Ramos in 2013. He is currently running for the seat in a re-match.

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