Constable fired over his criminal past

Full story: Lowell Sun 30
Selectmen voted this week not to reappoint a local man to work as a bonded constable in town due to his criminal history. Full Story
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billerica resident

Winchester, MA

#1 Jul 1, 2010
This constable got caught with a background of arrests and law breaking. He is unfit to serve in Billerica. The Billerica Police should be commended for doing a full background check--a 20 page police report-- on this person, and the selectmen forMr. Swimms attornmey, voting against his reappointment. Lets give this appointment to someone who has a steller background and not someone who has a 20 page police report.
HAHA

Boston, MA

#4 Jul 1, 2010
Hold on he has a criminal record? This is mass he should be given a medal, raise and boost in his pension.
rosco

Salem, NH

#9 Jul 1, 2010
Send him to Tewksbury, he can fit right in with all the town corruption....
H123ABC

Tewksbury, MA

#12 Jul 2, 2010
Thanks for adding our positions on this matter, but please note that Mr.
Swimm does not have a criminal history and such should be corrected. Note
that there is no criminal convictions and that you have a clean CORI for
Mr. Swimm proving such absence.
The allegations that are being called "criminal history" are improper and
need to be corrected as such may be slanderous.
We are still without the reports and cannot respond intelligently to half
stories. Beyond that the Police should also know the end result of their
reports that none of the allegations resulted in a conviction or charge
for each story.
Mr. Swimm is a lifelong Billerica resident, participates in civi
organizations and has been recognized by groups such as and including
"Reach Beyond Domestic Violence" for providing discounted service to
assist in their mission.
At a noticed hearing, we would offer the clean CORI, letters of
recommendations, and discuss Mr. Swimm's dedication and commitment to
Billerica and his profession as well as describe his activities as a Coast
Guard member and worker in New York days after the 9-11 attack.
Thank you again for adding our view on this surprise matter.
commonguy

Lowell, MA

#15 Jul 7, 2010
How is it that the Billerica Police dept somehow got their hands on this guy juvenile record? I may be wrong but from my understanding, dont you need a warrant or a Judge's permission to obtain that?

Doesn't look as tho he was convicted of anything! I thought you were innocent until proven guilty in this country? Being arrested for something you didnt do and not found guilty to most people would mean you did not do it!!!!

Furthermore we have all done things when we are kids and grow up to upstanding citizens. Everyone makes mistakes!!!!

You are all dumping on a man that is trying to make a living!

Hmmmmmm I wonder if any of the Billerica police or town official have any kind of criminal past?

one last thing....
A 20 page police report does not mean multiple offenses. Could just be a very complex case?????

I love how people talk smack about a guy that is trying to make this world a little bit better!!!! You would have no issue if he found you kids dead beat father and you got your child support would you???

GET A LIFE!
Nancy

Lowell, MA

#16 Jul 7, 2010
What you do when you are young (and not so young) can come back to haunt you.

No sympathy here.
Sluggo

Chelmsford, MA

#17 Jul 8, 2010
"...we have all done things when we are kids and grow up to upstanding citizens."

We haven't all admitted to stealing $4000 from an employer, or stealing a credit card from a co-worker and trying to use it. These admitted acts are not things we have all done, nor are they evidence of anything remotely resembling good character.

It's interesting that this comes out now, but not when he was first appointed. I suspect he pissed off a cop somehow in the interim.
iknowhim

Dracut, MA

#18 Jul 9, 2010
I know him and he has not said anything to anyone about the the things he has on some Billerica Police some have owed Child Support or stiff people out of Money and people came to him with Arrest Warrants on the Cops and nothing was brought up about that or if they crash there car the get a Police Report So what that would make the Billerica Cops Bad People. He has been to 9/11 to help days after it happen with some cops and fireman but what that dont matter or the cops with history in there past of beating there wife so why arnt they a bad guy
why did the sun write

Dracut, MA

#19 Jul 9, 2010
The thing that gets me is why dose it say Constable fired over his criminal past
If your Fired you would have to work for the Police Or The Town an he never got any Money From the town
citizen

Lowell, MA

#20 Jul 9, 2010
commonguy wrote:
How is it that the Billerica Police dept somehow got their hands on this guy juvenile record? I may be wrong but from my understanding, dont you need a warrant or a Judge's permission to obtain that?
Doesn't look as tho he was convicted of anything! I thought you were innocent until proven guilty in this country? Being arrested for something you didnt do and not found guilty to most people would mean you did not do it!!!!
Furthermore we have all done things when we are kids and grow up to upstanding citizens. Everyone makes mistakes!!!!
You are all dumping on a man that is trying to make a living!
Hmmmmmm I wonder if any of the Billerica police or town official have any kind of criminal past?
one last thing....
A 20 page police report does not mean multiple offenses. Could just be a very complex case?????
I love how people talk smack about a guy that is trying to make this world a little bit better!!!! You would have no issue if he found you kids dead beat father and you got your child support would you???
GET A LIFE!
I agree.
And to the person who said "Hold on he has a criminal record? This is mass he should be given a medal, raise and boost in his pension. " You obviously don't know of any kid that has gotten in trouble, a police record at age 17 or 18 no matter how small makes it very difficult to get a job in Ma.
Supporter

Framingham, MA

#21 Jul 13, 2010
I support Chris, He is a good guy.
I really think it is a concern that a record or file from when someone was a minor is opened and told to the world. Juvenile records are sealed for a reason. I think there should be an investigation to find out why the records were made public. and if juvenile records are to be considered for public officials than they should do it to every Billerica town employee. I bet alot whould come out.
mimi

Stoneham, MA

#22 Jul 13, 2010
If they looked at half these constables from past and present i am sure most would have some kind of record or at least some issues that were illegal.... just saying
Tam in Lowell

Lowell, MA

#23 Jul 13, 2010
I also know Chris and do not believe that they would bring this out now! He was a minor....period. He is a great mature man, caring, devoted to doing his best at his job. I will support him through this no matter what.....he's got friends who truly care.
just you wait and see

North Billerica, MA

#25 Jul 13, 2010
Ill be willing to bet he pissed someone off and some retired cop or some political hack will be quick to fill his shoes.
none of your business

Billerica, MA

#27 Jul 15, 2010
It is rather amusing to see this CORI have nothing on it. If he had gone to court for these charges he would have never even gotten into the coast guard. They screen applicants just like the Military does and these alleged criminal acts would be considered felonies and would disqualify him for service. Looks like retribution for getting served a summons for back child support by some Billerica Dead Beat Dad that wears a badge and drives a vehicle that says "To Protect Ourselves and Do What We Want To You"
Ron

Lowell, MA

#28 Jul 15, 2010
Tam in Lowell wrote:
I also know Chris and do not believe that they would bring this out now! He was a minor....period. He is a great mature man, caring, devoted to doing his best at his job. I will support him through this no matter what.....he's got friends who truly care.
All things being equal I would rather have the constable hired that didn't have a juvie record. What you do in life no matter how young can count against you. I hope young kids hear about this and learn from it. I was a good kid and never got into trouble.
none of your business

Billerica, MA

#29 Jul 16, 2010
Are you people kidding,ask HOW many cops in this world beat their wives,do drugs,and dont pay child support,or better yet ask them what their records look like.OH thats right to protect and serve ya they serve,and they get served also,so like I said he pissed a COP off and now look what happens!! I dont care if you are god,NO ONE is PERFECT!!!!
FIGURES

Woburn, MA

#30 Jul 16, 2010
iknowhim wrote:
I know him and he has not said anything to anyone about the the things he has on some Billerica Police some have owed Child Support or stiff people out of Money and people came to him with Arrest Warrants on the Cops and nothing was brought up about that or if they crash there car the get a Police Report So what that would make the Billerica Cops Bad People. He has been to 9/11 to help days after it happen with some cops and fireman but what that dont matter or the cops with history in there past of beating there wife so why arnt they a bad guy
Huh? Can you proofread and punctuate please?
Lynda

Lowell, MA

#31 Jul 16, 2010
none of your business wrote:
Are you people kidding,ask HOW many cops in this world beat their wives,do drugs,and dont pay child support,or better yet ask them what their records look like.OH thats right to protect and serve ya they serve,and they get served also,so like I said he pissed a COP off and now look what happens!! I dont care if you are god,NO ONE is PERFECT!!!!
You don't have to be perfect to stay out of trouble. All you have to be is decent, honorable and a good person. Asking a person not to break the law isn't some impossible request. It ISN'T setting the bar that high. Being a good person comes naturally to most people.

This person did stupid things when he was younger and is now paying a price for it. That is just the way it goes.
Lynda

Lowell, MA

#32 Jul 16, 2010
iknowhim wrote:
I know him and he has not said anything to anyone about the the things he has on some Billerica Police some have owed Child Support or stiff people out of Money and people came to him with Arrest Warrants on the Cops and nothing was brought up about that or if they crash there car the get a Police Report So what that would make the Billerica Cops Bad People. He has been to 9/11 to help days after it happen with some cops and fireman but what that dont matter or the cops with history in there past of beating there wife so why arnt they a bad guy
"...about the things he has on some Billerica Police..." Maybe instead of worrying about everybody else he should have kept his own life in order. If this person turned his life around we are ALL happy but it doesn't erase what he did in the past. If two people go for a job and one has a clean background and the other doesn't don't be surprised if the person with the clean background gets the job. Sadly he is learning a tough lesson.

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