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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

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The state police report said the Pellots separated in September 2011 after 24 years of marriage and that Dorrena Pellot and Ratte began dating on July 7, 2012.

According the Cox’s report, the first incident occurred Sept. 21, 2012 at Ratte’s house in Merrimack, N.H.

A second incident took place on Sept. 15, 2012 when Pellot “suddenly appeared and confronted Ms. Pellot screaming at her as Ratte dropped her off at her job in North Andover,” the report said. Pellot then chased Ratte in his vehicle on Interstate 495 while calling him on his phone and leaving profanity-laced messages.

A third incident on Nov. 7, 2012 began near Dorreena Pellot’s home and ended at the Haverhill police station after the couple drove there with Pellot aggressively in pursuit, the report said. Pellot followed the couple’s vehicles to the back of the police station, then got out of his car and began screaming at the couple and “attempting to get to Ratte, who had locked himself in his vehicle,” the report said.

Haverhill officer Eric Mackinnnon responded to the back of the station as a result of a 9-1-1 call the couple made to state police while trying to flee from Pellot. Mackinnon said Pellot was “visibly angry, yelling and swearing at Ratte” and that Mackinnon had to “physically separate (Pellot) and guide him into the station.”

The final incident is the one that led to the Pellot’s arrest by state police on Feb. 27 of this year. While Pellot chased the couple on the highway, the officer sent Doreena Pellot and Ratte profanity-laden messages that stated, among other threats, that he was going to kill Doreena Pellot,” Cox’s report said.

After Pellot’s arrest, the police department began its own investigation and learned that Pellot had been misusing department resources to harass and stalk the couple, the report said. The report details several instances in which Pellot searched the state’s Criminal Justice Information System to dig into Ratte’s past. Two Haverhill officers said they were asked by Pellot while they were on duty to use the police computer to attempt to get Ratte’s work, criminal and automobile history. DeNaro testified at the hearing that the state police are conducting their own investigation into Pellot’s alleged misuse of the state’s crime database, Cox’s report said.

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