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March 31, 2014

Trial starts today for former Haverhill police officer

HAVERHILL — A former Haverhill police officer who was fired for allegedly stalking his former wife is scheduled to go on trial beginning this morning in Newburyport District Court.

Victor “Manny” Pellot’s defense lawyer, Gerald LaFlamme of Haverhill, said at a hearing last month that Pellot may be considering a plea agreement, but that there was ample time to decide.

“We’re always exploring that (plea agreement) but whether or not we’ll reach an agreement ... there’s plenty of time until the next court date,” LaFlamme said at the time.

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 being heard in Newburyport 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. 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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