ACTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two officers from the Acton Police Department were placed on leave following allegations of inappropriate conduct while working at a high school, officials said on Saturday.
According to the APD, the allegations originated after a sergeant pulled over a former Acton-Boxborough Regional High School student for a traffic stop. During the stop, the former student told the APD sergeant that they had been a victim of past inappropriate conduct by the two officers in separate incidents, while they were employed as Acton-Boxborough Regional High School resource officers, police said.
The sergeant made a report of the person's claims, and in the meantime, the APD said they learned that someone posted on social media alleging the same conduct.
Acton Town Manager John Mangiaratti and Police Chief Richard Burrows said that the two members of the APD would be placed on administrative leave, in line with the department's collective bargaining agreement and pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations.
"The Town of Acton takes all allegations made against its employees seriously, and we await the conclusion of the district attorney's investigation," Mangiaratti said.
Officials said that Chief Burrows has contacted the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, and that the office is also investigating the allegations.
"The allegations are serious and deeply disturbing, and we take all such claims seriously. We are cooperating with and have turned over our report of this matter to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and State Police Detectives assigned to her office," Chief Burrows said.