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Former Westwood cop charged in Norwood sexual assault case

Posted by Natalie Feulner  June 7, 2012 10:23 AM

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A former Westwood police officer has been arrested and charged on two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 following a year-long investigation, Norwood police said in a statement Wednesday night.

Kevin McCarthy, of Norwood, turned himself in on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment in Dedham District Court. He was released on $5,000 cash bail with orders to stay away and have no contact with the alleged victim, abide by a curfew, and report to the Norwood police within 24 hours of his release, police said.

He is due back in court on Aug. 16 for a pretrial conference, according to the Norfolk district attorney’s office.

According to police, on April 20 of last year, a woman came into the station to report that was sexually assaulted the night before. She told police that she was in her parked vehicle when a man opened the passenger side door and said he was a police officer.

The man then began looking through the car asking the woman for drugs. She reportedly asked him to leave, but he refused and sexually assaulted her. The woman also said the man had two small dogs with him and was in his mid-40s.

Several weeks after the report, a Norwood officer on patrol in the area where the alleged assault occurred spotted a man who matched the description walking two dogs around 3:30 a.m. The officer spoke with the man and forwarded the information onto the lead investigator of the case.

During the investigation, police learned that McCarthy was terminated from the Westwood Police Department several years ago. Police also said the he and the woman did not know one another.

Norwood detectives and members of the sexual assault unit of the Norfolk district attorney’s participated in the investigation.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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