The mark on Jeff Perry's record as Wareham Police officer
-On May 22, 1991, as the superior officer at a purported crime scene in Wareham, Sgt. Perry was present when Officer Scott Flanagan indecently strip searched and assaulted a 14-year-old girl
-At said time and place, Sgt. Perry was in a position to both see Flanagan's conduct and to hear the girl's loud protestations.
-There is no evidence that Perry ever reported Flanagan for his conduct with the 14-year-old girl, reprimanded him, disciplined him or took any other steps to correct him for that conduct.
-On December 31, 1992, Officer Flanagan again indecently strip searched a teenage girl, behind the Tedeschi mini-mart, while he was alone on patrol in Wareham.
-This incident was interrupted by a disinterested adult witness who lived in a nearby house and came out to ask what Flanagan was doing there with the teenage girl.
-After speaking with the witness, Flanagan returned to the still half-naked girl and threatened to make things very hard on her if she reported his conduct. He then told the girl to leave.
-Sgt. Jeffrey Perry was not present or anywhere near the Tedeschi mini-mart when Flanagan violated the 16-year-old girl's civil rights.
-Later that evening, Sgt. Perry accompanied Officer Flanagan to the girl's house where he, Perry, told the girl's parents that both he and Flanagan had caught the girl in possession of an oregano like substance they suspected of being marijuana.
-Sgt. Perry threatened the girl's parents that she could lose her driver's license and possibly be sent to jail for five years if the substance turned out to be marijuana.
-Sgt. Perry also told the girl's parents that she had voluntarily pulled down her underpants in front of both Flanagan and himself.
-Perry's visit to the girl's parents, in an obvious attempt to cover up for Flanagan's misconduct, was not reported to any superior officer and was not authorized by his superiors.
-The next day, January 1, 1993, Wareham Police Captain Paul Cardalino received a call from a Bourne police officer who knew the girl's parents, complaining about Flanagan and Perry's visit to their home.
-Cardalino questioned Flanagan and Perry who both confirmed what Perry had told the girl's parents. Cardalino told both of them to file written reports confirming what they said, and they both did so.
-Shortly thereafter, the disinterested witness who had interrupted Flanagan's strip search of the teenage girl on New Year's Eve spoke with Cardalino about the incident, and Cardalino then put Flanagan on administrative leave, and initiated an internal investigation.
-The girl's parents filed a criminal complaint against Flanagan in Wareham District Court based on his strip search of their teenage daughter.
-Five day's later, the incident came to the attention of Police Chief Thomas Joyce for the first time, when he learned about the criminal complaint filed in the District Court against Flanagan.
-Chief Joyce spoke with Captain Cardalino and two Lieutenants in the Department and they then contacted the Town Administrator recommending that Flanagan be terminated.
-About a week later, after a closed hearing in which both Flanagan and the civilian witness testified, the Town Administrator fired Officer Flanagan based on the incident of December 31, 1992.
-Shortly thereafter, the Massachusetts State Police, CPAC, began a comprehensive investigation into Flanagan's misconduct, which resulted in several indictments being handed up in Plymouth Superior Court on May 17, 1993, pertaining to both the May 22, 1991, incident and the December 31, 1992, incident.
-Less than three weeks later, on June 3, 1993, Sgt. Jeffrey Perry submitted his resignation from the Wareham Police Department, effective June 27, 1993, at the end of the Town's fiscal year.
-In November 1993, Scott Flanagan pled guilty to all counts involving the two girls, and was sentenced to four years in the Plymouth County House of Correction.
-The two girls both filed separate civil rights lawsuits in the United States District Court in Boston, naming both Flanagan and Perry as defendants, along with the Town of Wareham and others, based on the Town's policy of "deliberate indifference" toward Flanagan's conduct, as carried out by Perry and others in the Department.
-In November 1995, the 16-year-old girl's lawsuit went to trial, resulting in a verdict in her favor in the amount of $50,000, in which the jury expressly found that the Wareham Police Department had a policy of "deliberate indifference" that allowed Flanagan to engage in indecent misconduct with teenage girls. Her lawyer also claimed attorneys fees totaling $85,000.
-In February 1996, the 14-year-old girl's lawsuit was settled out of court, and the case was dismissed in March 1996.
excerpt from the Latimer on Law blog
CapeCodToday, May 14, 2010 by Richard Latimer in a post titled:
"Sergeant Jeffrey Davis Perry, Wareham, P.D. -The Rest Of The Story"
There's more, go read the whole thing .