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February 23, 2014

Trial starts for former Haverhill officer

Stalking case latest disciplinary incident for police force

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Miller was also implicated for misconduct for what officials called his questionable investigation of a 2005 crash involving former state trooper Paul Regan of Rowley, who retired from the state police in 2003 as a lieutenant colonel. The city learned of the Regan incident during the investigation into the Noyes crash.

Pellot was also demoted in the past. In a case unrelated to the charges he stalked his wife, Pellot served a year-long suspension in 2004 and was demoted from sergeant to patrolman after he was found to have been present while on duty during illegal cocaine sales at his cousin’s home in Haverhill in 2002 and 2003, according to a police investigation.

Report: Pellot stalked wife for 7 months

Pellot’s stalking trial will begin tomorrow morning in Newburyport District Court. The case will be heard there instead of Haverhill District Court because charges against a police officer are routinely heard before a judge in a court other than the one officers appear in as part of their job.

Pellot, 50, was fired from the Haverhill force last July, following a Civil Service hearing that concluded the previous month. He had been a member of the Haverhill department since 1983.

Police Chief Alan DeNaro’s recommendation to fire Pellot was the result of an internal Haverhill police investigation triggered by Pellot’s Feb. 27, 2013, arrest by state police on criminal stalking and threatening charges. The charges stem from an incident in which Pellot allegedly chased his ex-wife, Doreena, and her boyfriend, Thomas Ratte of Merrimack, N.H., through Haverhill in his personal vehicle, confronting them at one point, and then continuing the chase on Interstate 495. Pellot has pleaded not guilty to two counts of stalking.

“Officer Pellot willfully and maliciously engaged in a knowing pattern of conduct and an additional series of phone calls, voice mails and texts over a seven-month period that were directed at Thomas Ratte and Doreena Pellot,” reads a separate report by state trooper Lt. Paul Zipper. “The conduct seriously alarmed, annoyed and put Mr. Ratte and Ms. Pellot in substantial emotional distress.”

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