BPD Officer Christopher Curtis yesterday pleaded guilty to six charges related to the traffic ticket he sent to a motorist following a 2019 incident on I-93 in Stoneham - including a note daring the other driver to challenge the ticket and then lying to investigators about the whole thing - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Curtis got a year on probation in exchange for pleading guilty, in Suffolk Superior Court, to charges of forgery, uttering, false report by a public employee, obtaining criminal offender record information under false pretenses, witness intimidation and misleading an investigation, the DA's office says. He was also ordered to pay $525 to reimburse the money the victim had to pay in fees to contest the ticket. His guilty plea on felony charges also means he can no longer work in law enforcement in Massachusetts - and that the state retirement commission will consider whether to reduce or rescind his pension.
According to the DA's office:
Had the case proceeded to trial, ADA Kevin Bergin of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit would have presented evidence and testimony to prove that, on March 1, 2019, Curtis was involved in a road rage incident on Interstate 93 South in the area of Stoneham. After the incident, evidence showed that Curtis used his position as a Boston police officer to run the victim’s license plate and sent the victim a traffic citation in the mail a week later. Included with the $790 ticket was a threatening, handwritten note challenging the victim to dispute the ticket.
When the victim appealed the citation in Woburn District Court, officials found several mistakes and irregularities with the citation. They notified Massachusetts State Police, who in turn referred the matter to the Boston Police Department Anti-Corruption Unit. Through the course of an investigation, Curtis was identified as the individual who forged and mailed the ticket.
Though he initially denied involvement, Curtis later admitted in an interview with detectives that he wrote the ticket when presented with evidence of his guilt.