For Immediate Release - November 09, 2010

Lawrence Detective Pleads Not Guilty To Intimidating Witnesses

Lawrence Police Detective Richard Brooks, 44, of New Hampshire, pleaded not guilty today in Lawrence District Court to two counts of intimidation of a witness.

Judge Thomas Brennan set bail at $1,000 cash and continued his case until December 21 for a pre-trial hearing. The judge also ordered him to stay away from and have no direct or indirect contact with the named witnesses.

Because the case has been impounded, details of the alleged crimes cannot be disclosed at this time.

"The alleged actions of this one individual should not reflect upon the hard-working and honorable police officers serving in this department," said Lawrence Police Chief John Romero, who added that his department is cooperating fully in the investigation, which is being conducted by State Police assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

District Attorney Blodgett concurred with the chief, saying, "This alleged behavior is totally unacceptable, and does not reflect on the men and women of the Lawrence Police Department who strive every day to do their jobs the best way they possibly can."

Brooks, a 21-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave. He is represented by Attorney Murat Erkan. If convicted he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in state prison or 2 ½ years in the House of Correction on each count.

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