Former Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Pleads Guilty to Charges He Violated Conflict of Interest Laws
Traded Information for Oxycodone Pills
BOSTON – A former Middlesex Assistant District Attorney has pleaded guilty to charges he violated conflict of interest laws in connection with misuse of his position, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. He traded information in exchange for oxycodone pills.
Stephen Gilpatric, age 35, of Somerville, pleaded guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to charges of Unlawful Gratuity, Unlawfully Communicating Criminal Offender Record Information, and Receiving Unlawful Compensation. Judge Kimberly Budd sentenced Gilpatric to two-and-a-half years in the House of Correction, suspended for five years. Under the conditions of probation, Gilpatric will be subject to random drug testing, drug evaluation and treatment as warranted by the evaluation, and will be prohibited from being employed with or for any law enforcement personnel or agency.
Gilpatric served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) from November 2007 until October 2014, when the AG’s Office began an investigation. He previously worked within the MDAO’s Public Protection, Anti-terrorism, Corruption and Technology (PACT) Unit, where he handled a variety of specialized prosecutions, including public corruption, white collar crime and major narcotics cases. The AG’s Office received the full cooperation of the MDAO throughout the investigation.
The investigation revealed that in October 2011, Gilpatric provided his drug supplier with information that he obtained through his position as an Assistant District Attorney in exchange for drugs. He gave this drug supplier sensitive information about another man, including a Board of Probation record, a police report, a photograph, and other personal identifying information, in exchange for oxycodone pills.
Gilpatric also provided additional confidential law enforcement information—a criminal record and an organizational chart of a drug ring—to this same drug supplier and his brother, hoping to receive pills in exchange.
The AG’s investigation has no evidence to suggest Gilpatric ever provided information related to any criminal cases he was personally investigating or prosecuting.
Additionally, in August 2011, Gilpatric made an agreement with a woman to help get her son’s commercial driver’s license back, which was revoked following a guilty plea in a criminal case, in exchange for $1,500.
Gilpatric was spending hundreds of dollars a week to feed his addiction to Oxycontin.
A Statewide Grand Jury returned indictments against Gilpatric. He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on Jan. 9 where he pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Gilpatric pleaded guilty today and was sentenced.
This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General James O’Brien, Chief of Attorney General Coakley's Public Integrity Division, and Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone, Deputy Chief of the AG’s Criminal Bureau, with assistance from Sallyann Nelligan, Chief of the AG’s Financial Investigations Division, State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.