Worcester police officer arrested on assault and drug charges

Dr. Q

The Telegram & Gazette reports:

A Worcester police officer is being held at the Worcester County Jail after he was arrested Thursday in Southbridge in connection with a domestic assault.

Robert A. Farrar, 42, of 170 Prince Road, Southbridge, is charged with assault and battery, aggravated assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a belt) and possession of Percocet. He is being held until a dangerousness hearing is held next week.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf during his arraignment Friday at Dudley District Court.

According to Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst, Officer Farrar is a 19-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy in such instances. As a result, the Worcester Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation into the matter.

Officer Farrar is being held without bail until the dangerousness hearing is held Wednesday.

I wish it was my job’s policy to give me a paid vacation if I was arrested for a violent crime.

Update (9/18/2013): Farrar is now facing new charges. The charges include four counts of rape and three counts of assault and battery.

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