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Medford officer suspended in wake of prostitution sting

By Matt Byrne
Globe Correspondent / March 4, 2011

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The mayor of Medford has suspended Police Officer Gregory M. Hudson for nine months without pay, six months after the officer was arrested Aug. 20 during a sting operation in Lynn for soliciting a prostitute, city solicitor Mark Rumley said yesterday.

In a phone interview, Rumley said Hudson accepted the punishment.

“He assented to it,’’ Rumley said. “There will be no appeal.’’

Hudson, 55, admitted to sufficient facts in Lynn District Court Aug. 27, and his case was continued without a finding, according to court records.

He has been on paid administrative leave following the charges, Rumley said, but now he will no longer receive a paycheck. Hudson could not be reached for comment.

The plea deal, which indicates neither an admission of guilt nor of innocence, requires Hudson to stay out of trouble for six months before he would be free of criminal liability.

The disciplinary decision by Medford came more than a week before a scheduled civil service hearing for Hudson that had been slated for March 11, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn said.

It was unclear why the disciplinary decision was handed down early. McGlynn did not return calls for comment.

This was not Hudson’s first offense. In 1999, he was charged with assault and battery after his wife called 911 to report that her husband choked her. She suffered bruises to the neck but refused medical treatment, an official said at the time. The two divorced in 2005, records show.

Hudson was suspended from the Medford Police Department with pay, pending an investigation into the assault charge.

According to payroll records supplied to the Globe, Hudson earned $94,257 in fiscal 2010.

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com