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Thursday, November 6, 2008

[MA] (If MRS. Briddon were to need help who could she call?)


...At the time of his arrest on the new charges, Mr. Briddon was free on personal recognizance on charges of raping and assaulting another woman in April 2007. The woman in that case told investigators she was drugged and violently raped by one of four men she met at a bar who told her they were Worcester police officers. Authorities later found that no city police officers were involved...

What "authorities"? Police? Worcester Police?
Why the vague language?

Part-time Massachusetts Officer Jailed
Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Byline: Gary V. Murray
Thursday, November 6, 2008
A part-time Rutland police officer remained in custody without bail yesterday after pleading not guilty to rape, kidnapping and assault charges. Jason D. Briddon, 36, of Westminster, was awaiting trial in Worcester Superior Court on 2007 rape and assault charges when he was indicted last month on additional charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault Oct. 9. A grand jury returned indictments Oct. 24 charging him with seven counts of aggravated rape, single counts of aggravated kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and five counts of assault and battery. The new charges relate to allegations that Mr. Briddon, on administrative leave from his part-time police job, repeatedly raped and assaulted a woman Oct. 9 while holding her against her will in the basement of a house on Burncoat Street. Assistant District Attorney Paula J. Frasso told Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr. during Mr. Briddon's arraignment yesterday morning in Worcester Superior Court that Mr. Briddon drove the woman to the Burncoat Street residence after the two reached "an agreement for sexual favors." Over the next 2-1/2 hours, Mr. Briddon allegedly punched and kicked the woman and "raped her at least seven different times," according to Ms. Frasso... She told Judge Agnes yesterday that the woman was "seriously injured" and treated at the hospital for bruises to her head, face and neck. At the time of his arrest on the new charges, Mr. Briddon was free on personal recognizance on charges of raping and assaulting another woman in April 2007. The woman in that case told investigators she was drugged and violently raped by one of four men she met at a bar who told her they were Worcester police officers.
Authorities later found that no city police officers were involved... Judge Vito A. Virzi revoked Mr. Briddon's release on personal recognizance on the older charges and ordered that he be held without bail for up to 60 days. Judge Virzi set $100,000 cash bail on the new charges... In the event Mr. Briddon posts bail after Dec. 5, he is to remain under house arrest with a GPS monitoring device under Judge Agnes' order. The judge also ordered Mr. Briddon to surrender any firearm, firearm identification card or license to carry a firearm he may possess as a condition of his release. Judge Agnes accepted Ms. Frasso's recommendation that the city of Worcester be an "exclusion zone" for Mr. Briddon if he posts bail. Mr. Briddon's lawyer, Anthony M. Salerno, had argued for Mr. Briddon's release from custody on electronic monitoring so he could seek employment to support his wife and two children... [Full article here]

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