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State Police move to fire suspended trooper convicted of raping, assaulting former girlfriend

Trooper Robert Sundberg appears at his arraignment in Ayer District Court in 2016.
Trooper Robert Sundberg appears at his arraignment in Ayer District Court in 2016. (Kieran Kesner for The Boston Globe)

State Police are moving to terminate suspended Trooper Robert Sundberg following his conviction Wednesday for raping, assaulting, and stalking his former girlfriend, also a trooper, authorities said.

Sundberg, 48, of Framingham, was convicted in Middlesex Superior Court on two counts of rape, assault with intent to rape, strangulation, stalking, five counts of assault and battery on a household or family member, three counts of assault and battery, and malicious damage of a motor vehicle, said District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office.

A lawyer for Sundberg couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said the agency will move to fire Sundberg.

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“Immediately upon receiving the victim’s report of sexual and physical assaults against her by Department member Robert Sundberg, the Massachusetts State Police reviewed the evidence, arrested the defendant, suspended him without pay, and began working with Middlesex County prosecutors to hold him accountable in a court of law,” Procopio said Wednesday in a statement.

He said the State Police Employee Assistance Program provided support to the victim.

“We hope today’s verdict provides justice to the victim,” Procopio said. “The Department now will immediately move to terminate the defendant. We have absolutely no tolerance for domestic violence, and hope this case makes clear that any such allegations will be swiftly and decisively investigated.”

During a 2016 pre-trial hearing in the case, prosecutor Brian Doxtader said that Sundberg had assaulted the woman in the couple’s Boxborough apartment in April of that year before pressuring her to have sex, and that Sundberg had abused her for more than four years.

The victim suffered bruises to her face, neck, and arms in the April 2016 attack, Doxtader had said.

A lawyer for Sundberg sought to undercut the woman’s credibility during the 2016 hearing, asserting that she was angry with Sundberg and “knows what to do to get him incarcerated. . . . She’s very vindictive.”

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Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.