EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 27, 2013

Lawrence cop charged with child rape

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — LAWRENCE — Police officer Carlos Gonzalez was arrested today in connection with an alleged sexual assault last summer in Florida.

Gonzalez, 48, was arrested at 3 p.m. today as he was attending class at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. He was arrested and charged on a fugitive from justice warrant by Lawrence police and detectives from Haines City, Fla.

Haines City is located between Tampa and Orlando, Fla.

Gonzalez, a Lawrence police officer since 1988, is accused of committing a sexual crime there on July 22, 2012 while he was on vacation, police said.

He is charged by Haines City police with sexual battery by a custodian on a person between 12 and 18 years of age and selling, giving or serving alcohol to a person under age 21, according to police reports.

Gonzalez will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court tomorrow on the fugitive from justice charge.

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