Town Councilor Arrested, Charged With Breach of Peace

Councilor Mike France was seen slapping a 17-year-old in a church parking lot.


who is also the chair of the finance committee, was arrested Sunday and charged with third-degree breach of peace.

Ledyard police responded to a call to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church around 5:43 p.m. “for a reported disturbance,” according to the report.

The report says, after arriving on scene officers learned that there was an argument that took place in the parking lot between a France and a juvenile. The juvenile reported being slapped across the face.

France, 50, of 17 Garden Drive, was charged with breach of peace in a domestic situation and given a Nov. 19 court date.

Julian Lupienski November 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
i feel sorry for any child/children who have to take physical abuse. some parents feel the bible gives them the right to discipline as they see fit....
Anonymous Citizen November 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I applause your concern but you know nothing about this situaion and it amazes me how quick people are to judge. One mistake doesn't define a person. Your worst mistake doesn't define you just as this one moment will not undo every great thing this man has done. I plead with you all to recognize everything he has done and continues to do for his friends, family, and community. Before you assume, find out what really happened. Talk to the "juvenile" he hit. I think you'd be surprised by what she has to say.
Jami November 19, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Thank you Anonymous Citizen -- ditto.
Silent Majority November 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
It's horrible you just blame the religion for this just because it was in a church parking lot. It makes no sense. It would be like saying Chinese Food makes people violent if they smack someone in the restaurant parking lot. Not to mention, it's a religion that promotes love and peace. Every Christian I know uses the Bible and their religion to combat this kind of thing, not promote it.
Sharon Pealer November 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
You sound like judge and juror with this comment. This is the United States last I heard and in this country we allow the system to work, not smear tactics like you are using. Your comment is not called for and quite frankly out of line. Mr. France has spent numerous hours working for the people of this town and as such deserves the respect we afford to all people. Have you done any more than just slam people or is slander and innuendo your calling card?
Jessie King November 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Hey guys, if you want to participate in a discussion and if you want your comments to be read, please adhere to our terms of use: http://ledyard.patch.com/terms
town citizen November 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM
This is absolutly outrages!
Jim November 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM
The original story referenced an argument between France and his 17 year old daughter.. It has now been changed to read a "juvenile"...Perhaps Jessie can tell us why it was changed..Having raises several daughters...There has been many times I wanted to give them a slap accross the face but didn't..I will not judge Mr France on this one..I came real close. I can understand how it could happen.. The new revised story makes it sound like France went out to the parking lot and slapped the first "juvenile" he found.. Another case of really crappy reporting by the PATCH. Getting to be the norm. As for the Lupienski comment....IGNORANT, STUPID, DISGUSTING, OTRAGEOUS I could use the rest of my words allowed here but wont. This story from the Patch would have been better left in the trash...Lets give Mr France and his doughter/family the privacy they need to work this out..They have been good for Ledyard...Now lets be good to them
Mike Cherry November 20, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Well said Jim
Jessie King November 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
@Jim Hanna, the original story quoted directly from the police report and upon further reflection I revised the article in order to protect the identity of the17 year old.
Julian Lupienski November 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM
what is ignorant stupid are individuals feel their opinion is the only one that matters.... in addition those who do not leave names but hide by anonymous or silent majority(what ever that means) have no creditably. when authoring a comment put ur name on it...otherwise one should stay out.... ....
Mark Coen November 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Jess, I hope the Ledyard folks in power don't force you to stop printing comments like the New London Day did just because this is about one of their own from the good old boys (girls too) club at theTown Council. Jess, Keep up the good work
Julian Lupienski November 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
i agree with you mark..........
Mark Coen November 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Jess, check and see and report how many 911 calls there were over this incident that were there to witness this. Sounds like there may be a real issue here.
George Lazare November 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM
@Lupienski You have totally missed the point here. This is an story about a father and daughter having an argument....PERIOD...Your attempt to bring in religion/bible because it happened in a church parking lot is at best incoherant and at worst IDIOTIC... You should be embarrassed... but im sure you wont be and will comeback with some sort of rant as to why you feel you have been attacked because you opinion is different than mine or several others on this blog... You are in good company with the likes of Mark Coen
Paul November 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Julian...are you for real...Do you really believe this crap you spew
Julian Lupienski November 21, 2012 at 09:46 PM
i respect other opinions i do not resort to name calling....i consider it childish. i guess when reason fails and try get the most out of a argument when there is no other avenue one resorts to name calling as though this strengthens a position.....the day did identify who was struck. and where....i did not say his religion contributed to a violent outburst but there are some religions that do condone striking a child......if those that think it was minor then i would suggest finding a individual weighing about 180 pounds and let him slap you. i am sure if witnessed, police would be called. i suspect as a adult you would defend yourself...a young person does not have that ability. if the day article is correct it was witnessed by her brother, regardless of a pronouncement by the individual doing the striking that it was a personnel family matter.....i sincerely hope this was isolated incident and not the rule.....
Annemarie Rodriguez November 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I know the father VERY personally as I'm the oldest of his children. I will say this is not a "random" incident as I endured the same as I grew up. A slap here and there when he felt I was mouthing off. He has his view on parenting and that's how he acts. It's just who he is - he has his opinions and views and such. I'm not excusing what he did as I'm very upset that it occured. I no longer live with him and haven't for a few years, but I left for that reason. I hope that he gets a fair sentence/fine, whichever it may be, and learns that he needs to watch his actions more. He was warned about an incident between he and I when I was in HS and now it has happened again. I believe that he knows what he did was not the right action, perhaps, but at the time I'm sure he felt it was appropriate. Again, I'm not excusing him, but as his child I understand a little more into how he thinks and acts. I appreciate that the comments on here are not as nasty as the comments that were on the article from The Day, but I do hope everyone can understand that we all have a difference of opinions and parenting is a HUGE area of differences. Thank you.
Jim November 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Julian Lupienski November 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM
what i can't understand if this has been going for some time, then one has to ask who knew....if there is a another parent why would anyone just stand by. it would appear the school knew then why didn't they take action;reporting to the authorities....i am sorry for anyone who has to endure such treatment, no one deserve it. to those who felt it was a family matter need to reassess.
Annemarie Rodriguez December 02, 2012 at 06:50 PM
There was no other parent in the home for a time. My parents are divorced, and my father only recently remarried a few years ago. The problem is that there is a large grey area for that aspect - is it discipline or domestic violence? Some would say dv, others would say discipline. Its all a matter of perspective and opinion. Like I said previously, everyone has different views and schools are held to a strict guideline. If there is no mark of being hit, then they cannot do much. I've been through those hoops and I understand. But, at least now someone has stepped up and the situation is being handled.
MaryBeth Reynolds January 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM
what is wrong with you? because something is reported in the paper doesn't make it your business to go so far beyond a short comment. this is a good family, under all the same stresses and strains as the rest of us. sometimes regrettable things happen. respect their privacy, feel for their embarrassment at having their personal matters aired so publicly, hope things get better for them, and get off your high horse! what makes you think you're immune to mistakes and the knee-jerk judgements of people who know nothing of the circumstances of others?
MaryBeth Reynolds January 03, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I'm sure your intentions were good, Annemarie, but are you really sure this was the best venue for discussing this? Your father and your sister deserve better. And you don't owe some knuckle-headed stranger an explaination.


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