The third-highest ranking member of the Rhode Island State Police has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Col. Steven O'Donnell told NBC 10 News on Thursday that 45-year-old Lt. Col. Wilfred Hill is off the job while an inquiry is taking place.
O'Donnell could not comment on the allegations due to the policemen bill of rights, only saying that the situation is being taken very seriously.
The case is being investigated internally by both Rhode Island and Massachusetts state police because Hill is a top administrator.
According to the Providence Journal, in August, Hill was granted a three-year long restraining order against a 23-year-old Providence woman who had been a candidate to be a Rhode Island State Police trooper.
The Journal reports that about one month after that order of protection was granted the woman, Salome Hackney was then also granted a restraining order, against Hill, which was later dismissed.
According to the newspaper, Hackney claimed she and Hill had a two-year relationship which eventually became violent. The Providence Journal says Hackney had even provided the court with photos of injuries allegedly caused by Hill.
NBC 10 went to Hackney's Providence home to see if she could confirm the allegations, but no one came to the door.
NBC 10 also spoke briefly Hill and his wife over the phone and they said they are not going through a divorce.
The 22-year veteran was promoted in April. The job includes overseeing the state police training academy, sheriffs, capitol police, fire marshal and the emergency telephone system.
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