PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court will hear a case involving the city of Pawtucket’s efforts to fire a police officer convicted of exposing himself.
Officer Nichalas Laprade has been on paid suspension since his arrest in November 2010, when two women said he exposed himself to them. City officials moved to fire him after he was convicted in February 2011.
But an internal affairs officer missed a deadline by one day to file an evidence document in a disciplinary case, leading a hearing panel to find Laprade not guilty of department charges. A state judge rejected the city’s appeal of the panel’s decision.
The Supreme Court will hear the city’s appeal of the judge’s ruling.
Laprade has been paid more than $140,000 in salary and benefits during his suspension.