Worcester officer, already under house arrest, faces new charges of rape and assault
By Craig S. Semon, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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DUDLEY — 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.
From Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, Officer Farrar was being held until a dangerousness hearing in connection with the initial assault and battery and possession charges, but the district attorney's office, with consent of the alleged victim, withdrew the request for a dangerousness hearing on Oct. 2 in favor of bail and subsequent house arrest.
On Oct. 2, bail was set at $5,000, and Officer Farrar posted bail the next day. According to a joint recommendation on conditions of release, Officer Farrar must wear an electronic monitoring system with exclusion zones, including a residential address that was impounded, Bay Path Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley and Charlton Middle School, Charlton.
Officer Farrar is under house arrest, with allowances only for work, legal, medical, counseling and other conditions as set by probation.
Officer Farrar must abide by a restraining order, which has also been impounded.
Officer Farrar, who is married and has three teenage children, surrendered all his weapons, and his permit to carry a firearm has been revoked.
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