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Boston police officer sues colleague, city over alleged rapes

A Boston police officer is suing a fellow officer in Superior Court, accusing him of raping her several times, then threatening to kill her husband. The female officer is also suing the city.

The officer has filed two lawsuits — one in Suffolk Superior Court and another in Connecticut, where the first alleged assault took place — claiming the other officer raped her six times in a monthlong period in 2009.

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The Globe is not naming either officer, because the paper does not name people who allege sexual assault and because the accused officer was not charged criminally.

The woman filed the complaints last month, alleging that as a result of the assaults, she “suffered extreme physical and emotional trauma, depression, and pain.”

In the second complaint, the woman is also accusing the Police Department of allowing the officer to harass her and retaliate against her for protesting the harassment.

“We expect a jury will believe her side of the story,” said the woman’s Boston-based lawyer, Paul Manoff.

In a statement, Boston police declined to comment on the lawsuit.

“The Boston Police Department did conduct an extensive six-week investigation into the criminal allegations,” the statement said. “During that time, detectives interviewed dozens of witnesses, gathered a significant number of documents, records, and court transcripts.”

In November 2009, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said prosecutors concluded there was not enough evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

The accused officer will fight the latest accusations, said his lawyer, Thomas Drechsler.

“My client maintains his innocence and will continue to do so,” Drechsler said.

The lawsuits are the latest development in a case that began in 2009, when the female officer traveled to Farmington, Conn., with the officer and another male officer for a shooting contest.

After a day of heavy drinking, the colleagues went back to a hotel room, where the woman alleged she was first raped while the third officer lay on the floor, passed out.

The assaults continued, she said, when they returned to Boston. The officer raped her at his Dorchester home, then in Milton, after the woman told the officer he had impregnated her and she planned to get an abortion, according to the complaint filed in Connecticut.

Drechsler said that authorities in Milton, Connecticut, and Suffolk County have all declined to press criminal charges against his client.

Milton police did not return calls for comment yesterday.

“With regards to the investigation there are no public records that are available,” said Lieutenant Marshall Porter of the Farmington Police Department.

Maria Cramer can be reached at mcramer@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeMCramer.
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