Town Councilor Accused of Trespassing to Offer Legal Help

A West Hartford town councilor has been arrested, accused of offering legal help to strangers who said they didn’t ask for help.

Police said Rob Durbin, 35, followed cops who were responding to reports of a domestic disturbance just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday and offered legal help to residents of the home.

Durbin tried to open a door to the home even after being asked to stop, told police he knew the residents and was there to offer legal aid, police said.

He told police that he saw the lights and sirens and wanted to see where they were going, according to the police report.

However, the residents said they did not know Durbin and did not contact him for help.

Durban, a Democrat, has a law degree and is a member of the town public safety committee.

He was in the news earlier this year after taking a part-time job teaching in Jamaica. Town council members were concerned that he would not fulfill his duties from so far away, West Hartford Patch reports. He was allowed to retain his seat.

He told the Associated Press that he went to the home as a lawyer, but refused further comment.

He was charged with interfering with an officer and first-degree criminal trespass. 

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