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Sunday, November 11, 2007

[MA] "I know where you live... I have people that can take care of you."

Salem officer charged with stalking girlfriend put on leave
The Salem News, MA
Julie Manganis
November 08, 2007
A Salem police officer is facing charges that he stalked and assaulted a former girlfriend and threatened a man she was with on Monday night, after running the man's license plate through a police computer to learn his identity, according to Boston police. Richard Wilcock, 30, a six-year veteran of the department, is free on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges of stalking, domestic assault and threats... He is due back in court on Nov. 21. Salem police Capt. Paul Tucker placed Wilcock on paid administrative leave shortly after learning of the arrest and has assigned two senior officers to conduct a separate internal affairs investigation... The officer was ordered to turn in his gun, badge and other police equipment... A woman who identified herself as Wilcock's ex-girlfriend said she was a passenger in a car being driven by another man when she noticed Wilcock following them. She told police that when she got out, Wilcock came up to her and began questioning her, then "slightly" pushed her head with his hand... She went on to say she had changed her cell phone number to avoid Wilcock but that he had somehow learned her new number, that he had been coming to her workplace, had threatened to scare away any man he might see her with, and had threatened to get her in trouble with her probation officer and jeopardize her freedom. Police also took a report from the man, who said he had been chased by Wilcock on Humboldt Avenue, as the officer yelled, "I know where you live." Police believe Wilcock had run the man's plates through a Registry of Motor Vehicles computer to learn his personal information, which he read out loud to the man. He allegedly told the man to get out of the area and said, "I have people that can take care of you." "Victim is afraid because suspect is a Salem police officer," the police report said... Wilcock adamantly denies any physical contact with the woman...

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