Worcester officer faces new charges of rape and assault
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#1 Oct 18, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
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.
Contact Craig S. Semon at [email protected]
#2 Oct 18, 2013
Why was this officer not allowed the luxury of simply turning in his badge and quitting his job? After all, that is how things are typically handled when it comes to a wrongdoing lawman.
If this officer could have simply retired, he could have saved himself and the WPD the bad press that goes along with these charges.
Goosh darn it, we need to maintain the facade that our lawmen are not capable of breaking the law! We need to allow our police departments to tell the public nothing at all when it comes to a wrongdoing lawman.
Just why in the hell was this matter not handled in the typical hush hush manner, where this man simply turns in his badge? The police could have told the public their typical statement of "so and so has decided to leave his job and no further information is available"...why was this man treated differently?
Sure, he is apparently a drug addict as well as a domestic abuser; but by golly he is a cop as well. And, our cops deserve special treatment....again, as is standard practice in such matters....
#3 Oct 18, 2013
So Stamos, can we get your input here? If convicted can we call him a criminal cop?
We have a state trooper driving drunk who killed two people. We all know such incidents are due to the lack of consequences within our police departments as they become Teflon to having to abide by the law themselves.
We just had another state trooper shoot himself after being accused of rape in Ayer. We had another officer kill himself in Leominster after a car accident and suspension.
Instead of dealing with the truth we have Stamos to downplay their actions to stress from the job!
Those officers who falsify reports and beat handcuffed citizens begin to bring that behavior home which in turn causes spousal assaults.
Stamos, do you ever think of the consequences for allowing such brutal and criminal behaviors of officers????
Society as a whole is watching! It severs the trust of a community! Do you even understand this logic at all???????
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