Former Hopkinton deputy police chief indicted on child rape charges

A former Massachusetts deputy police chief has been indicted on child rape charges linked to his role nearly 20 years ago as a school resource officer, the Middlesex County district attorney's office announced Monday.

Former Hopkinton Deputy Chief of Police John “Jay” Porter, 54, was indicted by a grand jury on three charges of rape of a child. Porter allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old student in 2004 and 2005, prosecutors say. At the time, he worked as a school resource officer in the town's public school system.

Porter allegedly assaulted the student repeatedly off school property, according to the DA's office. The investigation has been handled by the county prosecutor’s office and the Massachusetts State Police.

In a joint statement, Khumalo and Bennett said Porter notified the town he wanted to retire on Friday, and they accepted. The statement also said Porter was placed on paid administrative leave in August 2022, "pending the outcome of an investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office."

"We are deeply disturbed and troubled by these accusations," said Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Police Chief Joseph Bennett in the statement. "These alleged crimes have no place in our community or anywhere else, and we extend our sympathies to the victim."

It could not immediately be determined if Porter is being represented by an attorney. The DA's office said an arraignment has not been scheduled.


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