Former Tequesta police chief arrested on battery charge

Posted at 6:28 AM, Apr 18, 2017

The former police chief of Tequesta was arrested Monday night on a battery charge after an altercation with his wife this weekend.

Palm Beach County Jail records show that Gerald "Pete" Pitocchelli, 59, of suburban Lake Worth, was booked at 7:05 p.m.


A Palm Beach County sheriff's report states that on Sunday at 9:06 p.m. a deputy responded to Pitocchelli's home on Lakewood Cove Court regarding a domestic disturbance.

Pitocchelli is accused of kicking his wife and pinning her to a counter during an altercation concerning "cleaning" and "his family in Buffalo."

During a court hearing Tuesday, he was let out of jail on supervised release with no bond.

Pitocchelli must schedule an appointment with a treatment facility within 48 hours for anger and alcohol issues.

He cannot contact his wife or stepchildren and is not allowed to drink alcohol.  He will have weekly tests to ensure he abides by the conditions of release.

In court Tuesday, his wife said she is not fearful of her husband but believes he needs help for anger and alcohol.

Pitocchelli resigned as the Tequesta chief in October 2012 citing health reasons but was accused of sexual harassment against an employee in March 2011.  

In the early 1990s, he was a Delray Beach police officer and president of the city's police union.