Probationary Pawtucket officer fired following sex assault charge


PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Johnston man has been fired by the Pawtucket Police Department after he was charged with second-degree sexual assault in his hometown.

Thomas J. Cahill, 24, is accused of inappropriately touching a woman at a bar on Atwood Avenue.

Johnston police say the woman reported the incident on Wednesday. Cahill responded to police headquarters the following day for questioning, after which he was arrested and charged.

Cahill was arraigned on the felony count and his bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, and he’s due back in court on June 10.

According to police, the incident happened while Cahill was off-duty from his job as a probationary police officer in Pawtucket, which means he’s a new hire in a trial period.

Pawtucket Police Chief Tina Goncalves said since Cahill was a probationary officer, he is “not entitled to the same consideration as a permanent police officer,” and he was promptly terminated following his arrest.

“The Pawtucket Police Department does not condone or tolerate any criminal behavior,” Goncalves said in a statement Friday. “Our officers are held to the highest standards and this is what our residents expect and deserve.”

Eyewitness News is working to gather more information. Check back for updates.

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