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Woonsocket police officer accused of rape in Providence bar bathroom

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Woonsocket police officer is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a man in the bathroom of a Providence bar, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

According to a Providence Police report, the alleged victim told police "he was sexually assaulted by two" men in the bathroom of a Washington Street bar, just before 9 p.m. at night on Dec. 23.

The Woonsocket officer was "known to [the alleged victim]," and named in the report.

The officer "told" the alleged victim "to get into the restroom," the report said, with "a second unidentified" man following the two into the bathroom.

The report states the one identified as a Woonsocket officer "blocked the door and began to kiss" the alleged victim, who told police both suspects "performed oral sex" on him before he left and called police.

"Both suspects had fled the scene upon police arrival," the report said. "[The] alleged victim was unable to provide a description of either suspect."

Woonsocket Deputy Chief Michael Lemoine emphasized the officer is not charged with a crime at this point, telling Target 12 his department is aware Providence Police are "investigating the incident."

"The outcome of the investigation will determine how we will handle the incident as a personnel matter," Lemoine said. 

The report alleges one count of 1st degree sexual assault - forcible rape, but indicates the alleged victim later told police he did not want to file a complaint.

Providence Police spokesperson Lindsay Lague said the alleged victim talked with detectives on Monday, saying  "he was not sure if he wanted to proceed with this case," but he told investigators he would call police back at a later date.

"There is no statute of limitations for this," Lague said. "If the complainant came forward and confirmed the accusations, the case would still be open."

According to the report, a man described as the alleged victim's "significant other," was handcuffed by police after he "became extremely belligerent."

"The subject was confrontational with police, making several derogatory terms toward police," the report said.

He was later released from the back of a squad car after he "became calm," according to the report.

The management of the bar has not returned requests for comment from Target 12.

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau.


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