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May 30, 2013

Report: Chief wants to fire officer charged with stalking

Disciplinary hearing next week for Victor 'Manny' Pellot

HAVERHILL — Police Chief Alan DeNaro has recommended that police officer Victor “Manny” Pellot be fired.

The recommendation is the result of a recently completed internal Haverhill police investigation of the suspended officer, said City Solicitor William Cox. Pellot faces criminal charges for allegedly stalking and threatening his estranged wife and her boyfriend.

Pellot was arrested by state police Feb. 27 after he allegedly chased his 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. He is due back in Newburyport District Court June 28.

Cox said a closed-door discipline hearing is scheduled for Pellot, 50, on Monday. The hearing, which is required under Civil Service laws, is to give Pellot a chance to rebut the findings of the local police probe. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Cox said he will act as hearing officer and make a recommendation to Mayor James Fiorentini after reviewing the report’s findings and hearing from police and Pellot or his lawyer.

The Eagle-Tribune requested a copy of the internal police report under the Freedom of Information law, but Cox said he will wait until after Monday’s hearing before deciding when to release it. Cox said Pellot’s union lawyer, Stephen Pfaff of Boston, has raised legal objections to releasing the report while Pellot is facing criminal charges.

DeNaro also sought to fire Pellot in 2004 after the officer was found to have been present in uniform in 2002 and 2003 during illegal drug sales at his cousin’s house in Haverhill. Instead, Fiorentini demoted then-Sgt. Pellot and suspended him for a year. Pellot returned to work as a patrolman in September 2005.

Following Pellot’s Feb. 28 arraignment on the stalking charges, he was suspended without pay from his police job, pending the outcome of the case. He also was ordered to surrender his police gun and a private gun.

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