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May 4, 2013

Prosecutors to search cop's phone records

HAVERHILL — Investigators will search the cell phone records of police Patrolman Victor “Manny” Pellot, his estranged wife and her boyfriend for evidence of threats made by Pellot prior to his February arrest on stalking charges.

State prosecutors obtained the phone records yesterday in Newburyport District Court.

During a brief hearing, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Belmonte told Judge Peter Doyle that state police will also use the phone records to investigate an “allegation of misuse of CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) information.”

Pellot, 50, was arrested by state police the night of Feb. 27, after he 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. Pellot has pleaded not guilty to two counts of stalking.

Prosecutors in late March requested a court order seeking “all phone records including subscriber information, and all incoming and outgoing phone calls/text messages” for four cell phone numbers between July 7, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013.

Two of the numbers belong or belonged to Doreena Pellot and the others belong to Victor Pellot and Ratte.

“The Commonwealth seeks these cell phone records to establish that the defendant called, sent text messages and/or left voicemails of a threatening nature on Thomas Ratte’s and Doreena Pellot’s cellular phones,” reads a court motion.

Doreena Pellot began dating Ratte in July 2012, according to a police report. She has been married to Victor for 24 years, but the couple separated in September 2011 and are in the process of divorcing, according to the report.

Victor Pellot appeared in court yesterday with his lawyer, Gerard LaFlamme. Noting that the phone records would be shared with the state police, LaFlamme told Judge Doyle he does not want the records used for an internal investigation by the Haverhill Police Department.

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