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Judge lifts stalking order against Concord City Councilor Dick Patten

  • Samuel Reid stands after Judge Gerard Boyledismissed the stalking charge Reid brought against City councilor and State Rep. Dick Patten at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013.<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

    Samuel Reid stands after Judge Gerard Boyledismissed the stalking charge Reid brought against City councilor and State Rep. Dick Patten at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013.

    ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

  • Attorney Mark Sisti speaks with reporters at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013. Judge Boyle ruled that the stalking charge brought by Samuel Reid against Sisti's client, City councilor and State Rep. Dick Patten, be dismissed.<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

    Attorney Mark Sisti speaks with reporters at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013. Judge Boyle ruled that the stalking charge brought by Samuel Reid against Sisti's client, City councilor and State Rep. Dick Patten, be dismissed.

    ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

  • State Rep. Dick Patten (left) listens as his lawyer, Mark Sisti pleads with Judge Gerard Boyle at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013. Judge Boyle ruled that the stalking charge brought by Samuel Reid against Patten be dismissed.<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

    State Rep. Dick Patten (left) listens as his lawyer, Mark Sisti pleads with Judge Gerard Boyle at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013. Judge Boyle ruled that the stalking charge brought by Samuel Reid against Patten be dismissed.

    ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

  • Samuel Reid stands after Judge Gerard Boyledismissed the stalking charge Reid brought against City councilor and State Rep. Dick Patten at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013.<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff
  • Attorney Mark Sisti speaks with reporters at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013. Judge Boyle ruled that the stalking charge brought by Samuel Reid against Sisti's client, City councilor and State Rep. Dick Patten, be dismissed.<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff
  • State Rep. Dick Patten (left) listens as his lawyer, Mark Sisti pleads with Judge Gerard Boyle at Concord District Court; Monday, June 17, 2013. Judge Boyle ruled that the stalking charge brought by Samuel Reid against Patten be dismissed.<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

A district court judge yesterday dismissed a 20-year-old man’s stalking petition against Dick Patten, a city councilor and Democratic state representative.

After a brief hearing in Concord’s district court, Judge Gerard Boyle found that Patten, 60, had contacted Samuel Reid once after Reid told him not to, but not twice, as the state’s stalking law requires.

Patten’s attorney, Mark Sisti, argued that once was not enough and Boyle agreed without hearing from Patten or Reid.

The two met in November when Patten befriended Reid during a low point in Reid’s life, according to Reid’s court filing. The two live near one another, and Reid has alleged that Patten gradually made him feel uncomfortable by trying to kiss him, touch his leg and call him frequently.

Reid alleged Patten also drove by his home frequently.

“I no longer feel safe going on walks,” Reid wrote in his April petition. “I’ve seen him on three occasions drive by and look at me in the window. He just makes me scared and nervous.”

Based on Reid’s filing, Boyle granted Reid a temporary court order prohibiting Patten from contacting him again until the court could schedule a hearing on the case. That hearing came yesterday, bringing Patten and Reid to court, each with an attorney.

Sisti began with a motion to dismiss Reid’s request. “Once (Patten was) told to break contact, then it had to be two offenses after that,” Sisti said. “That is not what is set forth in that petition.”

In the petition, Reid said he finally told Patten to stop calling him after trying to ignore his calls for several weeks. After Reid told Patten not to contact him again, Patten called him again asking what he had done wrong, according to Reid’s petition.

Reid’s attorney, James Shepard, disagreed and said Patten had also followed Reid in his car after he saw Reid drive out of their neighborhood. Reid, however, told the Monitor in April that he hadn’t initially told Patten to leave him alone because he disliked confrontation.

In that interview, Reid said Patten paid him to do odd jobs like pack away Christmas ornaments and assist him with shopping. Patten walks with a cane and needed the help, Reid said in April, but also enjoyed the companionship.

Patten left the courthouse without commenting yesterday.

Sisti said Patten never harassed or stalked Reid. Sisti accused Reid of bringing the petition only after Patten had asked Reid to repay him the $20 he had loaned Reid. “This is ridiculous,” Sisti said after court. “Most of it seems to be imagined on the part of Mr. Reid.”

Both Sisti and Reid said Patten has respected Reid’s request of no contact since he filed the petition in April.

After court yesterday, Reid said he was disappointed he didn’t get to present his case to the judge. He came to court with a printout of text messages he and Patten exchanged between February and April. The communications were at times friendly, with Reid seeking gas money or asking Patten how his afternoon was.

But they also included several texts from Patten to Reid asking Reid why he wasn’t responding and telling Reid he was hurting his feelings.

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323,
atimmins@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @annmarietimmins.)

Legacy Comments1

"Patten’s attorney, Mark Sisti, argued that once was not enough and Boyle agreed without hearing from Patten or Reid."...No means yes....but just the first time...not the second.

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