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July 8, 2013

Haverhill cop fired for stalking

Victor Pellot is also under investigation for misusing police databases to harass estranged wife's boyfriend

HAVERHILL — Police officer Victor “Manny” Pellot has been fired for stalking and harassing his estranged wife and her boyfriend and misusing police resources and databases to search the boyfriend’s background and history.

Mayor James Fiorentini said Pellot was notified of his decision Tuesday. It followed a local Civil Service hearing that concluded last month on police Chief Alan DeNaro’s recommendation to terminate the officer’s employment.

Pellot, 50, previously served a year-long suspension and was demoted from sergeant to patrolman in 2004 after he was found to have been present while on duty in 2002 and 2003 during illegal cocaine sales at his cousin’s house in Haverhill. He had been a member of the Haverhill department since 1983.

DeNaro’s recommendation to fire Pellot was the result of an internal Haverhill police investigation triggered by Pellot’s Feb. 27 arrest by state police on criminal stalking and threatening charges. The charges stem from an incident in which Pellot 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 and the criminal case is ongoing.

Neither the patrolman’s union nor Pellot’s union lawyer, Stephen Pfaff of Boston, returned phone calls or e-mails seeking comment for this story. Pellot has 10 days to appeal his termination to the state Civil Service Commission, according to the mayor’s July 1 ruling.

A report by City Solicitor William Cox, who served as hearing officer in the case, documents four instances in which Pellot aggressively confronted his wife and Ratte, including one in which he threatened to kill Doreena Pellot.

“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,” according to 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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