Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 20, 2014

Former officer faces charges

Robitaille probe leads to police sanctions in Lowell

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Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine said on Tuesday that Guy next called now-retired Andover Police Chief Brian Pattullo at the station and reported “what was going on.”

Pattullo was working at the time with then-Sgt. Patrick Keefe, who went on to replace him as police chief last year.

“Sgt. Keefe responded down there per Chief Pattullo,” Heseltine said.

Keefe drove Robitaille to his home in Groveland and, “per Chief Pattullo, he was informed he was being placed on administrative leave effective that day,” Heseltine said.

“He was informed he would be put on administrative leave, at which point he turned over his department weapon and badge to Sgt. Keefe,” Heseltine said.

Robitaille remained on paid, administrative leave until Oct. 18, at which point the internal affairs investigation wrapped up, according to Heseltine. As a result of the investigation, Robitaille was then placed on leave without pay. He resigned around a month later.

As the events come to light, scrutiny is intensifying on the Lowell Police Department’s handling of the accident, according to the Lowell Sun.

The department’s abstract report notes two units responded to a call for an accident with no injuries on March 11. The abstract indicated that no tow was ordered and lists no complainant or victim. The disposition of the call was reported as “COMPLETE NO RPT,” according to The Sun.

Lowell police officers have been sanctioned over their response to the crash. Lowell police spokesman Capt. Kelly Richardson told The Lowell Sun the incident “was brought to our attention and was investigated. After the conclusion of the investigation, the appropriate sanctions were applied.”

No such scrutiny has taken place in Andover, according to Heseltine. The only investigation that has occurred locally was the internal review of Robitaille.

Robitaille’s attorney, Ted Cranney of North Main Street in Andover, could not be reached for comment.

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