CHARLESTOWN — According to a text message, a Charlestown police sergeant said in February last year, “probably best to leave” after finding a state police officer having sex behind a state garage off the South County Trail. I advised the police.
A text message chain released by the town of Charlestown in response to a request for access to public records from The Boston Globe was encountered by Patrolman William Scott Campbell around 8 pm on February 27 outside the state’s garage salt barn. Explains that in detail.
“Currently, there are soldiers having sex behind the state garage,” Campbell wrote to his boss’s sergeant. David Westervelt.
“Wtf” replied Westervelt. “On a cruiser?”
“Yes, it’s one of the unmarked Navy’s,” Campbell said, noting that the Range Rover was parked nearby.
“I don’t know if you want me to leave it alone or what to leave,” Campbell said in a message that he had observed his bare skin.
“Yes, it’s probably best to leave it,” Westervelt wrote.
Campbell identified the license plate number, and Westervelt replied that it belonged to Gadlow — and Rhode Island Police Sergeant. John Gadlow.
The illegal rendezvous was last fall by Captain James Mani of the State Police. Confirm domestic affairs investigation Allegations were underway that a male soldier had sex with a female on a cruiser while working in Charlestown. The news of the investigation was first reported by WPRI.
According to Mani, Gadlow, who was promoted to lieutenant in May, was suspended for a fee about a month after the investigation began after an interview with an investigator.
“Before October 15, neither I nor any of the Rhode Island police knew about it,” Mani said.
Mani recommended dismissing Gadlow, who had been with the agency for 22 years, and initiating a law enforcement bill of rights hearing, but instead Gadlow retired on January 16. He said he chose.
Manni declined further comments due to the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights.
According to the document, the incident began to penetrate Charlestown in October, and Charlestown police chief Michael Paliotta notified state police shortly thereafter.
Campbell reported to his boss on February 27 that he had seen an unmarked state police cruiser behind the state garage and the parties seemed to have sex in the driver’s seat. He said Westervelt advised that “it’s probably best to leave it alone.”
He told the chief on October 14 that he illuminated the front of the cruiser and saw a partially undressed woman facing the back of the vehicle, but could not see the driver.
He said it was Gadlow and parked in front of the bay door near the doorway after being advised to leave it alone. He saw the cruiser with both vehicles immediately pulled north of Route 1 and the overhead lights flashing.
In a statement released Saturday, Pariotta said he was unaware of the incident until October, and his department fully cooperated with Rhode Island police in the course of an internal investigation into the matter.
“Charlestown police then reviewed how the issue was dealt with internally. The department concluded that an error had occurred and proper procedures were not followed. Based on an internal review. , The agency has taken the necessary corrective actions to improve this situation. To further train its staff. “
Gadrow was a member of the State Police Road Safety Unit — “Wolfpack” brand — Founded by Mani in 2019 To combat the surge in deaths while driving.
This article was originally published in The Providence Journal: “Leave it as it is”: Sergeant Charlestown advises on illegal encounters with soldiers