For Immediate Release - February 03, 2011

Lawrence Police Officer To Serve 10-12 Years for Rape

Press Release - February 3, 2011

Judge Richard Welch sentenced Lawrence Police Office Kevin Sledge, 48, of Salem, NH to 12 to 15 years in prison for rape and 5 years probation for three counts of indecent assault and battery. Sledge was found guilty of these charges by a Newburyport Superior Court jury last Friday.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall proved that on September 26, 2008, Sledge picked up an intoxicated woman in his personal car while he was on duty and drove her to the back of the police station, where he left her in his car in a back parking lot. Sledge returned to his vehicle several times over the course of the next two hours where he digitally raped and indecently assaulted the 23-year-old victim.

MacDougall read the victim's statement at today's sentencing hearing.

Sledge was placed on paid leave following his arrest, and was taken off the payroll following his indictment on October 24, 2008.

MacDougall commended the work of Lawrence Police Lt. Steven Scheffen, Lawrence Police Lt. Mary Bartlett, Lawrence Police Captain Dennis Pierce, Lawrence Police Sgt. John Dushame, Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Norman Zuk, and retired Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Elaine Gill, as well as Victim/Witness Advocate Jocelyn Pichardo.

She also praised the victim for her courage.