For Immediate Release - November 28, 2011

Suspended Lynn Police Officer Sentenced to Jail

Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead this afternoon sentenced suspended Lynn Police Officer Geovanni Ruano, 47, to two years in the House of Correction, 90 days to be served with the balance suspended for two years.

On September 27, 2011, a jury had found him guilty of intimidation of a witness following a nine-day trial.

The judge stayed the sentence pending Ruano’s appeal.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Maureen Wilson Leal proved that the day after a July 31, 2010, altercation with a man in Lynn involving a motor vehicle and alleged physical assault, Ruano went to the man’s house and attempted to influence his statements to investigating officers. 

Ruano was found not guilty after trial of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.

Ruano was represented by Attorney Thomas Dreschler.