A city council candidate is facing charges he broke into his ex-wife’s Belmont home and beat her with an umbrella. Gregg Moree, 50, is facing a maximum sentence of four and a half years in prison for breaking into his ex-wife’s home and beating her with an umbrella, according to court documents.

A city council candidate is facing charges that he broke into his ex-wife’s Belmont home and beat her with an umbrella.


Gregg Moree, 50, is facing a maximum sentence of four and a half years in prison for breaking into his ex-wife’s home and beating her with an umbrella, according to court documents.


Moree is one of 16 candidates running for nine seats on the Cambridge City Council. Moree’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 15, just three weeks before the November election. His spokesman, Chris Pineo, could not immediately be reached for comment. Moree’s attorney, Douglas Scarano, did not return a message seeking comment.


He’s also being charged with violating a restraining order days after his assault arrest.


According to a Belmont Police report, Moree was arrested at gunpoint Feb. 7. Police said they heard someone screaming, “What are you doing here? Get out!” as they arrived at the woman’s home shortly after 11 a.m.


The woman, later identified as Moree’s ex-wife, told police he had broken the lock off the kitchen door, picked up an umbrella off a table and began hitting her in the head and shoulders. She refused medical treatment, though she told police she was sore in her neck.


Moree was arraigned on the assault and breaking and entering charges and released, with the provision that he must stay away from his ex-wife pending trial. Nine days after his first arrest, the woman reported seeing Moree following her on her way to work.


According to court documents, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office plans to bring up a June 2005 incident, in which prosecutors allege Moree threatened and beat his wife with a closed fist.