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Patrolman charged with domestic abuse cop

June 3, 2012
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A Hingham police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a domestic abuse allegation reported in Hull.

According to a press release from the Hingham Police Department, Officer Justin Burns, 30, of Hull, is on paid leave pending results of an internal investigation by Hingham police, which is separate from a criminal investigation in Hull.

Burns has been an officer in Hingham since 2008. The leave of absence took effect last Monday after he was arrested that day in Hull.

According to Hull police logs, a Hull police sergeant was approached Monday by a woman at 2:54 p.m. at the intersection of Atlantic and Nantasket avenues asking for help.

Officers were dispatched to a residence shortly thereafter, where they arrested Burns and brought him to the police station. He was charged with four counts of domestic assault and battery, according to the records.

Burns was arraigned in Hingham District Court on Tuesday. He was released under personal recognizance and is due back in court on June 25.

Jessica Bartlett

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