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Lawrence Police Officer Accused of Child Rape Held Without Bail

Lawrence, Massachusetts police officer Carlos Vieira allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy he met via a social media app

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    Lawrence Police Officer Charged With Child Rape

    A Lawrence Police officer is being held without bail after being accused of raping a 13-year-old boy he met online.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019)

    A Massachusetts police officer accused of child rape was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing at his arraignment Tuesday.

    Carlos Vieira, 49, was arraigned in Lawrence District Court on two counts each of aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

    Vieira was arrested without incident Monday in Haverhill following a month-long investigation, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

    During the arraignment, prosecutors said Vieira met a 13-year-old boy in the summer of 2018 through a gay social media app called GRINDR. He agreed to meet the boy at Mount Vernon Park in Lawrence where a sex act is alleged to have taken place in a dark SUV.

    Lawrence Police Officer Facing Child Rape Charge

    [NECN] Lawrence Police Officer Facing Child Rape Charge

    A Lawrence, Massachusetts police officer appeared in court Tuesday following his arrest on child rape charges.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019)

    On Sept. 13, the day of the Merrimack Valley Gas explosions, prosecutors said the child allegedly saw an officer directing traffic in the vicinity of Mount Vernon and Beacon Street and recognized the officer as the same man he had the sexual encounter within the park.

    The child did not know the man was an officer at the time. Investigators confirmed Vieira was paid for working on the day of the gas explosions.

    It was then that the child's mother went to the district attorneys office and the investigation began.

    Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera expressed his anger at the allegations in a statement.

    "If it is determined to be true, we will act quickly to remove the officer involved," Rivera said.

    Vieira, a 19-year veteran of the police department, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, according to Lawrence Police Department Chief Roy Vasque.

    Lawrence Police Officer Arrested for Child Rape

    [NECN] Lawrence Police Officer Arrested for Child Rape

    A Lawrence police officer is due in court after he was arrested on child rape charges.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019)

    The judge in the case has impounded the police report.

    Vieira's dangerousness hearing is scheduled for March 1. He is represented by attorney Gil Nason.


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