Thursday, October 21, 2010

The victim comes forward... bad news for Perry

From the Globe:
Breaking her long silence, a woman who was illegally strip-searched in 1991 by a Wareham police officer under the command of Jeffrey D. Perry, then a police sergeant, said that Perry was nearby during the assault, failed to stop it, and tried to cover it up after the fact.

The accusation against Perry, now a congressional candidate, was made Tuesday in a statement from Lisa Allen, who was 14 when she was assaulted near a Wareham cranberry bog.

“He had to hear me screaming and crying,’’ said Allen, who released the statement to the Globe through her lawyer. “Instead of helping me, Jeff Perry denied anything happened.’’

Scott Flanagan, the officer who conducted the strip search and a similar assault on a different girl in 1992, admitted to the crimes and was convicted in 1993 of civil rights violations and indecent assault of a child. But Perry initially said that he was in a position to see and hear everything that happened that night and that the assault never occurred.

Ever since Flanagan’s guilty plea, Perry, now a state representative from Sandwich and the Republican nominee in the 10th Congressional District, has faced questions about his role and statements in the case.

“Perry did not care about protecting teenaged girls in Wareham from police officer Flanagan,’’ Allen said. “Jeff Perry cared only about protecting police officer Flanagan.’’

Perry was not charged in either the 1991 or 1992 assault. He resigned from the Wareham police 17 days after Flanagan was indicted, but has said his leaving the force was unrelated to the strip-search cases.

My words:

It will be sickening to see this slime ball get elected to congress and even more sickening to know he returns to Beacon Hill if he is not elected to congress.


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