Oct 18 2013

Worcester police officer already under house arrest now charged with rape, assault

Dr. Q

A Worcester police officer who has been under house arrest while facing assault and drug charges is now facing new charges of rape and assault. The Telegram & Gazette reports:

A Worcester police officer under house arrest for an alleged domestic assault is also being charged with four counts of rape and three counts of assault and battery.

Robert A. Farrar, 42, of 2 Misty Meadow Lane, Oxford, is to be arraigned Nov. 11 in Dudley District Court.

Thursday, a clerk magistrate found probable cause against Officer Farrar on the additional charges of rape and assault and battery.

Officer Farrar had been charged previously with assault and battery, aggravated assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a belt) and possession of Percocet, all in connection with an alleged domestic assault Sept. 26 at his home at 170 Prince Road, Southbridge.

In both cases, Judge Timothy M. Bibaud allowed a motion, made by the district attorney’s office, to impound the probable cause narratives.

Officer Farrar is a 19-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department. He was placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. As a result, the Worcester Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation.

This police officer has been charged with ten violent crimes, yet has been given a paid vacation at taxpayer expense.

Update (11/14/2013): The Telegram & Gazette reports that Farrar is no longer under house arrest.

A Worcester police officer who has been under house arrest for more than a month no longer has to wear an electronic monitoring device as he awaits trial in a domestic assault case.

On Tuesday, lawyer Anthony M. Salerno made an oral motion for removal of the electronic monitoring device of his client, Officer Farrar.

Mr. Salerno said his client has been under electronic monitoring for more than a month and has shown excellent compliance with all terms and conditions placed upon him.

Assistant District Attorney John Sares objected to the motion for removal.

During a short recess, Judge Bibaud called Judge Robert J. Pellegrini, who originally ordered the electronic monitoring device to be placed on Officer Farrar, before allowing the motion for removal. As a result, Officer Farrar has been restored to previous conditions of bail and personal recognizance.

In addition, Judge Bibaud allowed a motion to impound the address of the defendant’s sister’s home, where Officer Farrar has been staying since his release. At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Farrar returned his electronic monitoring device to Dudley District Court.


Sep 20 2013

North Brookfield police officer sentenced for sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl

Dr. Q

The Telegram & Gazette reports:

A North Brookfield police officer was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail Thursday after admitting in court that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl and sent an obscene photo to the victim’s cellphone.

Adam J. Kachadoorian, 44, pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court to charges of child rape, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, distribution of obscene matter and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor. A charge of child rape aggravated by age difference was dismissed as part of a plea agreement in the case.

As recommended by Special Prosecutor Michael V. Caplette and Officer Kachadoorian’s lawyer, Timothy M. Burke, Judge James R. Lemire sentenced him to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction on the indecent assault and battery charge and to a consecutive sentence of 2 ½ years in the House of Correction, with one year to be served, on the distribution and dissemination charges.

The balance of the latter sentence was suspended for 5 years with probation.

Conditions of probation imposed by Judge Lemire included sex-offender registration, a sex-offender evaluation and any related counseling deemed appropriate and GPS monitoring. Officer Kachadoorian was further ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Mr. Caplette also asked that the officer be required to pay restitution as a condition of probation for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the victim and her family in connection with the case. A hearing to determine the amount of restitution to be paid was scheduled for Oct. 21.


May 1 2013

Lowell police officer sentenced for extortion

Dr. Q

A Lowell police officer has been sentenced to two years in jail for extortion after using his badge to compel sexual favors from prostitutes (Source: Boston.com).


Jan 9 2012

News Roundup for the New Year

Dr. Q

As I said toward the end of last year, I will now be posting weekly news roundups. Instead of trying to write detailed articles about every police misconduct and police accountability-related story I come across, I will post links on the Massachusetts Cop Block Facebook and Twitter pages and make a weekly post that includes brief summaries of all the stories I found during the past week. Currently, I plan to post a news roundup every Monday.

First, here are a few stories from late last year:

  • The Lowell Sun reports that Vesna Nuon, who was just elected to the Lowell City Council, accepted a $50,000 settlement from the city. Nuon was suing the city over a 2008 incident in which Lowell Police Officer Brian Kinney allegedly arrested him on a bogus “disorderly conduct” charge after he threatened to call Kinney’s supervisor and complain about his unprofessional behavior. As part of the settlement, Kinney must also apologize to Nuon.
  • WGGB-TV reports that Spingfield Police Officer Rafael Nazario has been charged with rape and indecent assault and battery after allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman.
  • The Sun Chronicle reports that cocaine and other drugs have gone missing from the Attleboro Police Department’s evidence room. Police Chief Kyle Heagney said he suspects that a cop is responsible and has launched an investigation. The Boston Herald reports that Heagney wishes he could drug test the officers in his department, but their union contract bars him from doing so.

And here the the first Massachusetts police misconduct and police accountability-related stories of the new year:

  • The Boston Herald reports that state trooper John Bergeron shot a woman while hunting. The state police have described the incident as an accident, but Environmental Police are still investigating.
  • WBZ-TV reports that Charlton police terrified a 5-year-old girl when they sent an officer to collect her overdue library books. Seems like a colossal overreaction, not to mention a waste of police resources. As one person who shared the story with me sarcastically commented, “All other crimes have been solved!”
  • The Boston Herald reports that the FBI has arrested state police officer John M. Analetto on extortion charges. Analetto has been accused of lending an FBI informant money in exchange for a piece of his business and threatening to murder the informant multiple times.
  • Boston.com reports that black box data disclosed by the state police shows Lt. Governor Tim Murray was driving 100 MPH and not wearing his seatbelt when he totaled his taxpayer-funded car during the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Both Murray and the state police previously said accident was caused by black ice, but the release of the black box data have forced them to revise their story. They both now claim that Murray probably fell asleep at the wheel. Previously, the state police refused to release the black box data to the public even though they are required to by the Massachusetts Public Records Law, however, they finally released the data when Murray asked them to. Murray will be issued a $555 traffic citation.
  • The Cape Cod Times reports that a judge ruled that Sandwich police violated a teen football player’s rights when they interrogated him without offering to record the interrogation.
  • The Enterprise reports that former Brockton police lieutenant Charles Lincoln has been jailed for failing to make alimony payments to his ex-wife. Lincoln, now retired, became infamous when he called out sick more than 100 times in three years so he could work a second job as the head of a county jail and amass a huge pension. Lincoln has collected his $140,000 a year pension at taxpayer expense since 2004.
  • Lastly, a man uploaded a YouTube video a few days ago which apparently depicts Haverhill police searching his home. The man frantically tells the camera that the police have entered his home without cause and assaulted him. At the end of the video, the police notice they are on camera and threaten to arrest the man for recording him. While I can’t confirm the man’s version of events, I will say that police have no right to arrest people for openly recording them. This man may want to consult a lawyer.

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Sep 16 2011

Retired state trooper convicted of sexual assault in Maine

Dr. Q

Joseph Silva

Yesterday a jury convicted retired Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Silva of gross sexual assault and two counts of aggravated assault.

On November 22, 2009, Silva reportedly met with a woman he was introduced to via a social networking site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After the two had lunch together at a restaurant, Silva said he wanted her to meet some friends at a bar to watch a Patriots football game. Instead of taking her to a bar, he drove her to his hotel room in Kittery, Maine, forced her inside, and raped her.

After the incident, the woman sought medical attention and reported the rape to the Kittery Police. Silva was arrested by Newburyport, Massachusetts police on December 9, extradited to Maine, and indicted in April, 2010.

Silva is currently being held without bail at the York County Jail. He will be sentenced on October 14. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

If you have any more details about this case or any other stories you’d like to share with Massachusetts Cop Block, send us a message using our contact page.

Update (11/02/11): News 8 WMTW reported on October 27 that Silva has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for gross assault, seven years each for two aggravated assault charges, and 10 years probation. The sentences are to be served concurrently which means that Silva will spend 10 years in prison.