Law enforcement regulators suspended the policing licenses of a former deputy chief in Hopkinton accused of raping a teenage woman and a Hingham officer accused of pulling a gun and yelling racial slurs at an individual in an obvious street rage incident, in response to data launched Friday.
The state’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission is required below a 2020 police reform legislation to droop the policing licenses of officers who’re arrested, charged, or indicted for a felony and revoke the licenses of these convicted of a felony. Suspensions stay in place till a last choice or revocation is made by regulators.
The two new suspensions of former Hopkinton Police Deputy Chief John Porter and Hingham Officer Joel Salituri carry the entire variety of suspended cops in Massachusetts to 33 as of May 20. A full checklist is on the market on the POST Commission’s web site.
Porter pleaded not responsible to costs accusing him of raping a 15-year-old pupil whereas he was a faculty useful resource officer. Prosecutors mentioned he assaulted the coed in 2004 and 2005 after he grew to become the division’s first college useful resource officer.
Prosecutors additionally mentioned he assaulted the coed a number of instances off college property.
Porter’s lawyer, Leonardo Angiulo of Worcester, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Hopkinton officers positioned Porter on administrative go away final 12 months pending the end result of an investigation and he was not a member of the Hopkinton Police Department as of the tip of April.
“Porter notified the town that he is seeking to retire, and the town accepted his immediate separation from employment,” city officers mentioned in an announcement.
He had been with the division since 1992.
Salituri was arraigned in Woburn District Court in late April, in response to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s workplace.
Salituri’s lawyer, Jack Diamond, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Prosecutors mentioned the officer was touring on Interstate 93 when he and one other automobile pulled off the freeway. Salituri is accused of following an individual till he pulled over right into a car parking zone, in response to protestors.
Salituri is then accused of pulling alongside the sufferer, yelling at them, and making “derogatory statements while brandishing a firearm,” Ryan’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
“The victim also reported that the defendant stated he was a police officer. The defendant was not on duty at the time,” the assertion mentioned. “The victim reported the incident to police and a criminal complaint for the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon was issued after probable cause was found at a show cause hearing.”
Salituri was launched on private recognizance and ordered to keep away from and never have contact with the sufferer on the arraignment. And the Hingham Police Department positioned him on administrative go away, in response to Ryan’s workplace.