LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio/AP) — A Lawrence police officer charged with raping a 13-year-old boy who was initially denied bail has had bail set at $75,000.
A judge on Tuesday said Lawrence Officer Carlos Vieira can be freed on bail under certain conditions, but he must first account for one of 20 firearms he owns that remains missing. The rest have been confiscated by investigators.
The 49-year-old Vieira is charged with aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14 for his alleged encounter last summer with a boy me met on an online dating app.
He pleaded not guilty and his lawyer calls it a case of mistaken identity.
Officials began investigating in January when the boy's mother contacted authorities. The department has placed him on administrative leave.
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