During the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard summer vacation of President Barack Obama, a decorated member of the military was accused of numerous criminal offenses including an Indecent Assault and Battery. Attorney James Powderly served as defense counsel for the military member at his ensuing show cause hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, a lack of probable cause was found and the criminal complaint sought by the Edgartown Police was denied.
Cape Cod Times
By STEVE DOANE
February 25, 2012
A member of President Barack Obama’s security team on Martha’s Vineyard last summer will not be charged for allegedly groping a woman at an island bar.
An indecent assault charge against Air Force Master Sgt. Peter McNally, 31, of Lynn Haven, Fla., was dropped after a probable cause hearing in Edgartown District Court. The hearing was held in October but it was not open to the public and the outcome was not disclosed.
An assault and battery charge also was dropped at the request of another alleged victim, McNally’s attorney, James Powderly, said in an email Friday. That charge was brought after an alleged bar fight the same night, according to a report from the Edgartown police.
McNally â€” an explosives disposal expert â€” initially was accused of fondling a female customer at the Wharf Pub in Edgartown on the evening of Aug. 27.
He later allegedly walked to the Atlantic Fish & Chop House on Main Street and got into a fight with Jamie Zambrama, 55, a manager at the restaurant, Edgartown police Sgt. Craig Edwards said at the time.
Based on witness statements to the police, McNally started the fight by punching Zambrama in the face, Edwards said. When police arrived, they found McNally with injuries that required hospitalization. Zambrama did not need to go to the hospital, Edwards said.