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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

[MA] Lt. Robert Richard's man-friend refuses to testify and domestic violence charges are dropped

South Coast Today
By Brian Fraga
June 02, 2010 12:00 AM
[Excerpts] Domestic violence charges have been dismissed against a city police officer who had been accused of hitting his domestic partner and waving a firearm at him. The case against New Bedford Police Lt. Robert M. Richard, 42, was dismissed late last week because the alleged victim invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and refused to testify. There were allegations that the victim, a 24-year-old man, had assaulted Richard, prosecutors said. Richard has been on administrative leave from the Police Department since Feb. 24, when he was arraigned in District Court on two counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon... The alleged victim filed charges against Richard on Feb. 23... He said Richard often beat him after getting drunk and threatened to kill him if he called police. The complainant said that two weeks earlier, Richard punched and kicked him to the floor... The man said he told doctors a dog had jumped on him, court records said. The complainant filed a restraining order against Richard but subsequently rescinded it, court records said. At the time of his arraignment, Richard was the head of the Police Department's Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau... [Full article here]
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