March 13. 2013 10:49PM

Manchester police officer returns to desk duty on bail

MANCHESTER - A bail modification will permit a Manchester police officer, who was suspended without pay after his arraignment Jan. 23 on two simple assault charges involving his wife, to return to work, but Officer Adam Beland will be restricted to duties within the building.

Beland had requested the modification of bail conditions, which barred possession of a weapon, saying that while suspended without pay he was unable to pay his apartment rent and to meet his child support obligations.

Police Capt. Robert Cunha said Wednesday that no date has been set for Beland, 28, to return to work, but when he does he will be issued a weapon and ammunition after entering the building and will have to surrender both before leaving.

Beland pleaded innocent Jan. 23 in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to the assault charges that allege he shoved his wife from behind and put his left arm around her neck and pushed her out the door of his Country Club Drive apartment.

A seven-year member of the Manchester Police Department, Beland is free on $1,000 personal recognizance bail, with a trial set for April 29. Bail conditions still bar contact with the alleged victim.