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February 23, 2014

Trial starts for former Haverhill officer

Stalking case latest disciplinary incident for police force

HAVERHILL — The trial of an ex-Haverhill police officer who was fired for allegedly stalking his former wife starts tomorrow.

Victor “Manny’’ Pellot was charged a year ago with stalking and unlawfully seeking CORI information. In addition to stalking his ex-wife and her boyfriend, Pellot misused police resources and databases to research the boyfriend’s background, police said.

Pellot’s case is the latest in a series of incidents involving Haverhill police officers that caused them to be disciplined. Their punishments have ranged from unpaid suspensions to demotions to Pellot’s firing.

City Councilor Michael McGonagle, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said the cases show there is a system in place to deal with police misconduct and that such issues aren’t swept under the rug.

“This shows that we have a Police Department that tries its best to be transparent,” McGonagle said. “If mistakes were made, then this is the way to get them out in the open, learn from them and move on. And I think that’s what you want any department to do.

“We’re all fallible,’’ McGonagle said. “If mistakes are made, that’s why we have a review system to see what we can do to correct them.”

Other cases bring suspensions, demotions

The other recent disciplinary cases against Haverhill officers involved charges they gave special treatment to retired state troopers who crashed their vehicles.

In 2012, Lt. William Leeman, Sgt. Harry Miller and Patrolman Christopher Pagliuca were suspended without pay after they gave preferential treatment at an accident scene to Charles Noyes, 62, of Haverhill, according to a police investigation. Noyes is a retired state police deputy superintendent who drove his vehicle into a utility pole and was suspected of drunken driving.

As part of his punishment, Miller accepted a demotion from sergeant to patrolman.

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