HAVERHILL — A former Haverhill police officer has been sentenced to a year of home confinement for misusing law enforcement resources to harass and stalk his estranged wife and her boyfriend.
Victor “Manny” Pellot, 51, was found guilty of unlawfully seeking Criminal Offender Record Information, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Such information lists a person’s criminal history and can be accessed by police only under certain circumstances.
The guilty finding was part of a plea agreement yesterday in Newburyport District Court, Kimball-Monahan said.
Pellot will be allowed to leave his home only for work, counseling appointments and other reasons approved by the court, Kimball-Monahan said. The ex-officer’s whereabouts will be tracked with a GPS device that is typically part of a bracelet, she said.
Judge Peter Doyle agreed to continue two criminal stalking charges against Pellot without a finding for four years.
The charges stem from a February 2013 incident in which Pellot allegedly chased his estranged 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.
It was one of four documented instances in which Pellot aggressively confronted his wife and Ratte, including one in which Pellot threatened to kill Doreena Pellot, according to a state police report.
According to the judge’s ruling yesterday, Pellot must not abuse his wife or have any contact with Ratte. Pellot must also complete an anger management program.
The judge warned Pellot in open court that he faces the likelihood of immediately being sent to jail if he violates the conditions of his agreement with prosecutors, especially as they pertain to his wife and Ratte, Kimball-Monahan said.
Pellot was fired from his police officer job in July of last year. He had been a member of the Haverhill department since 1983.