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February 23, 2014

Trial starts for former Haverhill officer

Stalking case latest disciplinary incident for police force


Ex-officer, others charged with breaking police rules

After Pellot’s arrest, the Police Department began its own investigation and learned that Pellot had been misusing department resources to harass and stalk the couple, Cox’s report said.

The report details several instances in which Pellot searched the state’s Criminal Justice Information System to research Ratte’s past. Two Haverhill officers said they were asked by Pellot while they were on duty to use the police computer to try to get Ratte’s work, criminal and automobile history.

Pellot was cited in Cox’s report with multiple violations of police rules, regulations and ethics, as well as misusing the police criminal history database, conduct unbecoming an officer, neglect of duty and unsatisfactory job performance.

In the incident that led to the suspension of Haverhill officers Leeman, Miller and Pagliuca, retired state trooper Noyes crashed his Cadillac Escalade in West Newbury on March 30, 2012, then kept driving with his air bags deployed until police found him in the travel lane just over the Haverhill line, police said. The crash snapped a utility pole on Route 113 in West Newbury, cutting power to the surrounding area for almost 11 hours. Several police officers and medics at the scene testified they believed Noyes to be intoxicated, but Noyes was not charged with drunken driving and he was not arrested.

An internal Haverhill police investigation concluded that Noyes was given special treatment by West Newbury and Haverhill officers due to his previous state police position, and that officers acted to cover up their actions in investigating the incident. The probe specifically faulted the officers for not charging Noyes with drunken driving and not arresting him at the scene.

Leeman and Pagliuca are appealing their suspensions.

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