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A Massachusetts police officer was indicted Wednesday on charges that he raped a homeless 16-year-old, while working for one of the city’s public information program will be covered by 2016, according to the report.
A former Lowell police officer Kevin Garneau, 49, was arraigned and charged Thursday with two counts of statutory rape, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office said.
A Lowell police officer has been accused of raping a 16-year-old homeless girl, while he was on duty in 2016.
In 2016, Garneau was working on a program that provided relief to individuals dealing with homelessness or substance abuse, WFXT reported. For the plaintiffs, said Garneau, went to the tent of a homeless 16-year-old, and he told her there was a warrant for her arrest. He is called, promised not to arrest her in return for sexual favors, prosecutors said.
Lowell police were aware of the allegations made in January and started an investigation boston.com have been reported. Garneau, a 19-year veteran of the police department, has been placed on administrative duties during the investigation.
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“I am surprised and very disappointed,” said the police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, Richardson, in a news release. “I acted as soon as we were made aware of these allegations. This is not what the men and women of the Lowell PD to represent.”
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Garneau was released on a personal reconnaissance, ordered to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from the victim. He is now on administrative leave while the investigation continues boston.com have been reported.