BRISTOL — Prosecutors have filed a third count of sexual assault involving the same incident against former Bristol Police Chief Michael Lewis.

The new charge alleges the element of surprise in allegedly approaching a woman from behind and touching her buttocks with his hand. The earlier counts alleged that he did so before she had a chance to flee, with an alternate count charging unprivileged physical contact in the incident which allegedly occurred on Aug. 31, 2017.

All are Class A misdemeanors.

The Bristol Board of Selectmen placed Lewis on administrative leave on Sept. 5 and he submitted his resignation on Oct. 4.

A Grafton County Superior Court Grand Jury in June handed up three felony indictments alleging theft by deception in collecting overtime pay for hours he never worked. Town officials said the money came from New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency Police Detail grants.

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