NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A statewide grand jury has indicted a former Pawtucket police officer accused of choking and raping his girlfriend last year.
Stephen Ricco, 41, of 1 Tupperware Drive, was indicted on one count each of first-degree domestic sexual assault; domestic strangulation; and two counts of domestic assault. The former two charges are felonies.
The alleged incidents took place in Riccoâ€™s condo on Nov. 28, state prosecutors said. Ricco has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest, the same day.
A press release issued by Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâ€™s office says Ricco will be arraigned on April 9 in Superior Court, Providence.
According to reports, the victim showed up at police headquarters shortly after the alleged attack with welts and a bite mark on her face. The woman told police Ricco kept choking her until she told him: â€śYouâ€™re going to kill me.â€ť
During a preliminary hearing in January, the woman told a judge: â€śI just wanted to go home and he wouldnâ€™t let me go home, and he made me have sex with him and he bit my face.â€ť
Ricco gave police a statement in which he described his girlfriend as â€śvery meanâ€ť when she gets drunk. He told police they had sex before the alleged assault but that it was consensual.
Riccoâ€™s arrest came after he resigned from the Pawtucket Police Department amid allegations of assaulting a different girlfriend in February 2013. The police said he was in uniform and on duty when he pushed the woman against his patrol car.
He eventually pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of domestic disorderly conduct. He sentence for that offense included anger management counseling and 20 hours of community service.
Ricco doesnâ€™t qualify for a pension from the Pawtucket police because he had too little time on the force to qualify for one.