NORTH SMITHFIELD – 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 Ricco’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 Kilmartin’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: “You’re going to kill me.”
During a preliminary hearing in January, the woman told a judge: “I just wanted to go home and he wouldn’t let me go home, and he made me have sex with him and he bit my face.”
Ricco gave police a statement in which he described his girlfriend as “very mean” when she gets drunk. He told police they had sex before the alleged assault but that it was consensual.
Ricco’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 doesn’t qualify for a pension from the Pawtucket police because he had too little time on the force to qualify for one.