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.


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