05 / 01 / 2023
  - 04:44:34 PM
Statement By Hopkinton Officials Regarding School Resource Officer Indictment

HOPKINTON — The following is a statement from Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Police Chief Joseph Bennett:

“The Town has been notified by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office that John Porter has been indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on three charges of Rape of a Child in connection with crimes allegedly committed while he was assigned as a school resource officer in town.

"Porter was placed on paid administrative leave by Chief Bennett in August 2022 pending the outcome of an investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.

"Porter is no longer employed by the Hopkinton Police Department. On Friday, Porter notified the town that he is seeking to retire, and the town accepted his immediate separation from employment.

"We are deeply disturbed and troubled by these accusations. These alleged crimes have no place in our community or anywhere else, and we extend our sympathies to the victim.

"The Hopkinton Police Department continues to cooperate fully with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.

"All further inquiries into this matter should be referred to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office."

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