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Merrimack Valley

March 7, 2013

Assault complaint against cop reopened

LAWRENCE — Police in Salem, N.H. have reopened a 2005 sexual assault complaint against Carlos Gonzalez, a Lawrence police officer already charged with child rape in Florida.

In addition, Gonzalez was the subject of an investigation of a possible sexual assault on a minor in Newton, N.H., in 2005, police there said yesterday.

Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten yesterday confirmed that his department received a report in 2005 of an incident involving Gonzalez and a child dating to 1994, but not reported to police for 11 years.

No charges were brought then, but, based on the new allegations against Gonzalez, Salem police are taking another look at the 2005 complaint, Patten said.

“We are forwarding our information to Lawrence,” Patten said. “We are taking a fresh look at the case and all the documentation we have from it.”

In 2005, Gonzalez was living was his then wife at 11 Kenwood Drive in Newton.

Newton police Chief Lawrence Streeter said a restraining order was issued against Gonzalez in late August 2005, relating to domestic issues involving his wife.

Gonzalez also was involved in an investigation into a sexual assault on a minor, Streeter said, reported earlier in August 2005.

The Rockingham County attorney’s office determined there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges forward, he said, based on the age of the alleged victim.

Gonzalez, 48, a 25-year veteran of the department, was charged last week with sexually assaulting a girl while he was vacationing in Haines City, Fla., last July.

Held without bail after his arraignment as a fugitive from justice, Gonzalez is at Middleton Jail awaiting transport to Haines City. The police officer is being held in a “secure area” away from the “general population” at Middleton Jail, said Maurice Pratt, Middleton Jail spokesman.

On Feb. 27, Gonzalez was at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, where he is studying to be a lawyer, when he was arrested and charged on the fugitive from justice warrant. At his arraignment the following day, Gonzalez said he would not fight extradition to Haines City.

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