Stoughton Police Chief mentioned Friday that an inner investigation discovered “serious misconduct” by three former officers in an inappropriate relationship with a youngster who later died.
Former officer Matthew Farwell started relationship Sandra Birchmore when she was 27 when she was solely 15, in keeping with Chief Donna McNamara .
Farwell met Birchmore in 2010, when she was 13, as an teacher for the Police Department’s Young Explorers Program.
Investigations revealed that two different Stoughton police officers – together with Matthew’s twin brothers William Falwell and Robert Devine – additionally communicated inappropriately with Birchmore over the following few years.
Birchmore was discovered dead at her Canton dwelling in February 2021, simply days after Matthew Farwell ended the relationship.
The Boston Globe reported that she was pregnant on the time and dedicated suicide.
McNamara revealed the outcomes of the inner investigation at a information convention Friday morning, saying as an officer she was “heartbroken” and “disgusted” by what occurred.
A fourth officer, whom she didn’t determine, remains to be serving as an officer in one other metropolis, the chief mentioned.
She added that the division’s police chief had been knowledgeable of the officer’s involvement.
A fifth particular person serving as a army recruiter was additionally recognized in the course of the investigation and the “appropriate chain of command” was notified, the chief mentioned.
McNamara mentioned the Stoughton Police Department really useful that the state completely revoke the lads’s police licenses to make sure “they’ll never be police officers anywhere.”
All three males have since resigned from the Stoughton Police Department, and McNamara mentioned the findings had been forwarded to the county legal professional’s workplace for attainable felony costs.
“We take an oath to protect and serve our community and its people,” the chief mentioned.
“I stand before you today, as an officer heartbroken and outraged by what happened, I promise that this chapter for the Stoughton Police Department and the City of Stoughton is over.”
“Those who wear the badge in this community will work to regain the trust of our citizens,” she added.