Rocky Hill police officer arraigned, accelerated rehab possible

Published on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:32
Written by LISA BACKUS

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NEW BRITAIN - A Rocky Hill police officer accused of holding a gun on a beating victim is seeking accelerated rehabilitation.

Jacob Boucher, 32, a school resource officer with the Rocky Hill Police Department, asked for the program during a brief arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday.

He is free on $250,000 bond after having been charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, first-degree threatening, conspiracy and first-degree unlawful restraint.

Some of those charges could result in a 20-year prison sentence for Boucher, court officials said.

His attorney, Ray Hassett, requested that his client be allowed to submit an application to enter a diversionary program that would erase the charges if successfully completed.

The warrant for his arrest and all court information were sealed after his appearance before a judge Tuesday. The case will become public again if entrance into the program is denied, Hassett said.

Boucher is a veteran who served in Iraq and is a decorated police officer, Hassett said.

“He deals with kids in the schools and there have been no problems,” Hassett said.

Boucher was placed on administrative leave by the Rocky Hill department after his arrest on July 3. He makes about $90,000 a year as a school resource officer, Rocky Hill officials said.

Boucher started his career in the New Britain Police Department, but transferred to Rocky Hill in 2012 after two years of local service.

The case was continued to Aug. 14 to allow Hassett to continue to investigate the allegations.

“There was never a formal investigation,” Hassett said.

An arrest warrant The Herald obtained from the city through a Freedom of Information request on Friday indicated that New Britain police responded to the Hospital of Central Connecticut around 5 a.m. June 30 after the victim called to report the attack.

Boucher allegedly showed up at a New Britain woman’s house in the early morning hours of June 30 with a man on parole after calling to ask if they could hang out, police said.

The woman’s boyfriend became upset at the early morning phone call and took off to cool down. Meanwhile Boucher and the parolee, who were known to the woman and her boyfriend, showed up, a warrant for his arrest said.

When the boyfriend returned a few minutes later, the parolee jumped the man, knocking him to the floor, and started to punch and kick him while Boucher allegedly held a gun on the victim and prevented the woman from intervening.

The victim was flat on the floor “like a sheet of paper” as he was being attacked, a witness told The Herald on the condition of anonymity. At one point the witness said it appeared as if the victim was dead. The witness also told The Herald that it appeared as if Boucher and the parolee had been drinking prior to the assault.

New Britain police found evidence that the assault occurred at the New Britain’s woman’s home. The victim identified a photograph of Boucher as the person who held the gun on him, the warrant said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:32. Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:34.