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New Massachusetts State Police Boss to Probe Revisions to Arrest Report



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    The new boss of Massachusetts State Police says her office will investigate revisions made to a police report about a judge's daughter.

    The agency announced the investigation Thursday. It comes nearly a week after Col. Richard McKeon abruptly retired amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to scrub embarrassing information from the police report to protect the judge and his daughter.

    Col. Kerry Gilpin, a 24-year veteran of the state police, was appointed the new superintendent of the police force this week.

    Police spokesperson Dave Procopio says Gilpin's office will look into revisions made to the arrest report and whether more training or guidance is needed on how reports should be written and reviewed.

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    A 23-year veteran of the state police, Gilpin most recently served as deputy division commander of the Division of Standards and Training. Her appointment is effective immediately.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017)

    Gov. Charlie Baker's office issued a statement Thursday saying he supports Gilpin's decision.

    Trooper Ryan Sceviour has filed a lawsuit stemming from an incident in October, when he arrested Alli Bibaud on drunk driving charges in Worcester. The daughter of District Court Judge Tim Bibaud, she allegedly made inappropriate statements, according to the original police report.

    Sceviour said he was ordered to delete inappropriate remarks about sex acts and drugs Bibaud allegedly made.

    "One was 'my dad is an [expletive] judge,' and the other was that she indicated during the booking process she was suggesting the possibility of sexual favors in return for leniency," Sceviour's attorney, Leonard Kesten, told NBC Boston.

    Trooper Ali Rei said she plans to file a similar lawsuit accusing commanders of forcing her to alter a police report.

    The state's attorney general is currently investigating to see if anything criminal may have taken place, as there are allegations public records may have been destroyed.

    Gov. Charlie Baker previously said that Gilpin has reviewed standards.

    "She knows we expect her to do a review of the policies, procedures and protocols associated with editing arrest reports," he said.

    Last week, Baker called the allegations "serious."

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