For Immediate Release - September 21, 2015

Worcester Police Officer Charged in Connection with Assaulting a Prisoner

WORCESTER – A Worcester police officer has been indicted in connection with assaulting a prisoner in a holding cell, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

After an extensive, months-long investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Michael Motyka, age 50, of Rochdale, was indicted today by a Worcester County Grand Jury on one count of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (shod foot). He will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date.

The AG’s Office began an investigation in May 2015 after the matter was referred by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.

Motyka is a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department. He was assigned to the department’s Services Division and mainly worked in the booking room and in the department’s reception area.

Authorities allege that on Dec. 1, 2014, Motyka physically assaulted a prisoner who was handcuffed and shackled in a holding cell at the Worcester Police Station while the prisoner was waiting to be transferred to court for arraignment.

These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta, through AG Healey’s Public Integrity Division, and Assistant Attorney General John Verner, Chief Trial Counsel of the AG’s Criminal Bureau, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Rebecca Auld, of the AG’s Victim Services Division. The investigation was handled by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.