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Case against Newton chief's secretary to go to trial in March

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  November 27, 2012 05:27 PM

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A jury trial has been scheduled in the case of a former Newton Police Department secretary accused of stealing $600 from the department.

The trial for Jeanne Sweeney Mooney has been scheduled for March 13, her attorney, Thomas Drechsler, said.

Mooney has pleaded not guilty to one count of larceny. The controversy around her case led to the firing of former Police Chief Matthew Cummings.

Mooney has contended that police pursued charges against her after she complained about Cummings. In a demand letter she sent to the city last May, Mooney accused Cummings of calling her names and kicking her.

An independent investigator the city hired found that Cummings made “boorish, disrespectful,” remarks to female employees. Cummings was fired in October.

Mooney is also pursuing civil action against the city.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com.

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