(WKTV) - The state correction officer accused of assaulting his estranged wife walked out of Rome City Court on Friday afternoon facing fewer criminal charges than when he walked into the building. And the remaining charges might soon follow suit.
Prosecutor Joshua Bauer of the Oneida County District Attorney's Office asked Rome City Court Judge John Gannon on Friday to dismiss the charges against Craig Lockwood of Remsen, stemming from an incident on Jan. 23. That's the day Lockwood's estranged wife, Savannah Loce-Lockwood, accused him of assaulting her in front of their 1-year-old son.
"I can say this with certainty: The assault alleged to have occurred on January 23rd did not occur," Bauer told the judge.
In the days since the alleged attack, prosecutors came to doubt Loce-Lockwood's story.
"More to the point, I had some concerns about whether the complainant in all four matters was being truthful with the police and, by extension, the district attorney's office," said Bauer.
Craig Lockwood's attorney said he's grateful to the District Attorney's Office for considering with an open mind the evidence that he's presented them in defense of his client. He says that it's not only the falsely accused who are harmed in cases like this, but legitimate victims of domestic violence, as well.
"The unfortunate part of this is, whenever you have a allegation of spousal abuse or domestic violence which is patently untrue, it casts a shadow on all of the legitimate complaints that are made," said attorney George Massoud. "And it causes both the police department and/or the public to look at those complaints with a jaundiced eye."
Bauer told the judge there is still an ongoing investigation into allegations of assault against Lockwood stemming from an incident on Jan. 21 and one from last fall. But, he expressed concern about the legitimacy of those as well.
"But I think it's fair to say if what we have uncovered so far is any indication, you will be seeing a motion to dismiss relevant to the remaining three charges very soon."
Craig Lockwood is in a custody battle with his estranged wife for full physical custody of their 1-year-old son.