Former Rockport Officer Pleads Guilty To Charges
Essex Assistant District Attorney Michael Hickey asked the court to sentence O'Neil to 4-5 years in state prison, to be followed by three years probation, with a multitude of conditions.
Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced O'Neil to three years probation, and ordered him to continue out-patient counseling, and comply with in-patient counseling if it is deemed necessary by mental health counselors.
He also ordered O'Neil to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, not to use alcohol or drugs (unless they are prescription drugs), and to obtain employment. In addition, the judge ordered O'Neil not to have any contact with the victim or their child, unless that contact is consistent with the probate court order in his pending divorce.
A charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon was filed without a change of plea.
O'Neil was represented by Attorney Thomas Drechsler.