Boston officer pleads guilty in plot to obstruct gang investigation
A Boston police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with a fellow officer to obstruct an FBI investigation into a Roxbury street gang.
Brian Smigielski, 43, a detective from Norton, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Smigielski will serve a year of probation if the agreement is approved by US District Judge Denise Casper at Smigielski’s Jan. 28 sentencing.
Assistant US Attorney Dustin Chao said Tuesday that Smigielski and another officer, Mel Steele, met with two members of the Academy Homes Street Gang in a Boston bar in January 2010, and told them that the FBI was investigating their cocaine dealing operation.
Steele pleaded guilty last year to charges that he lied to FBI investigators about alerting the gang members that they were under investigation. Steele was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $2,000.
Smigielski’s status with the Boston Police Department was not immediately known. Steele resigned from the force last year.