A suburban mayor who resigned after a domestic violence conviction was handcuffed in court Tuesday and taken into custody on a contempt of court charge.
Former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, who is accused of violating a court order by telephoning his wife, was apparently surprised when the judge imposed $10,000 bail at his arraignment. Bradley could not immediately come up with the money and was led away by court officers to a holding area in the Westchester County courthouse.
His lawyer, Randall Cutler, scrambled to arrange for a bail bondsman and predicted Bradley would be released by afternoon.
Bradley had just denied intentionally making the calls to his wife, claiming they were accidental "pocket dials."
Bradley was convicted a year ago of attempting to assault his wife, Fumiko Bradley, after she said he slammed a door on her fingers. He also was convicted of harassment, and of criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.
The Bradleys are divorcing.
Bradley resigned as mayor in February. In March, he was sentenced to probation and ordered not to contact his wife.
But she complained last month that Bradley had called her and he was re-arrested on charges of violating probation and contempt of court.
According to court papers, Fumiko Bradley, 39, said her husband laughed in a "crazed" manner on the phone and made "a squealing sound."
Prosecutor Audrey Stone said Monday that three calls in all had been placed from Bradley's phone to the wife's phone, including two last summer.
Bradley, 50, said the calls were accidental "pocket dials" and that his wife's number was in his phone only because their two children had called him from that number.
"I was receiving calls every night from that number or occasionally from her cellphone," he said.
Bradley and Cutler tried to explain to the judge how a number on a phone's screen from an incoming call could result in accidental outgoing calls.
Cutler said earlier that the sounds Fumiko Bradley heard were "ambient background noise" from the accidental, 53-second call.
Bradley's probation officer testified that after the first two calls, she warned him to remove the number but he did not take it seriously. After the third call, she said, he switched phones.
The prosecutor asked that Bradley be jailed. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci then imposed the $10,000 bail.