Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 17, 2014

Former police officer indicted for alleged DUI

Robitaille's case moves to superior court

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Pattullo ordered then-Sgt. Patrick Keefe to Elm Street Auto, according to Commander Charles Heseltine. Keefe, who became chief just a few months later, took Robitaille home. Several witnesses in Andover also reported that Robitaille appeared intoxicated.

That same day, March 11, Chief Pattullo ordered Robitaille placed on paid administrative leave and to forfeit his gun and badge.

More than six months later, on Oct. 18, Robitaille was placed on unpaid leave after an Andover internal affairs investigation into the incident. He resigned a month later. He earned about $93,000 in 2013, according to city records. In 2012, he earned about $115,000, including overtime details and other benefits.

Robitaille’s attorney, Ted Cranney of Andover, has not returned calls.

The Andover Townsman last week requested to review the Andover Police Department’s internal affairs report on the case. Heseltine said he would respond within the 10-day time limit set by law.

Under secretary of state, guidelines, while personnel records are exempt from the public records law, meaning they do not have to be released, internal affairs reports may be treated differently.

According to the secretary of state’s website, the state Appeals Court has ruled that “officers’ reports, witness interview summaries and the internal affairs report itself do not fall within the personnel information exemption, as these documents relate to the workings and determinations of the internal affairs process whose quintessential purpose is to inspire public confidence.”

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