By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on April 7, 2021
The court date for the assault case against former Duck Town Manager Chris Layton, which had been scheduled for April 8, has again been moved back, this time to June 3. The trial date was originally set for Aug. 21, 2020, but it has been continued on several occasions and had been most recently rescheduled for this week
Layton was arrested in his office in the town’s administration building on July 15, 2020 by two Duck Police officers and taken into custody, transported to the Dare County Detention Center, and released on an unsecured $5,000 bond. He was charged with two counts of assault on his assistant. Nine days later, on July 24, the Duck Town Council accepted his resignation.
On Jan. 11, 2021, Layton was named interim town manager in Plymouth, N.C.
In late February, the Voice reported that the town of Duck had paid out more than $315,000 to two female former town employees and their attorney in settlements related to allegations of improper conduct by Layton when he was town manager. One of the women who received a settlement is the alleged victim in the criminal assault case.
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