Worcester prosecutor drops charges against corrections officer

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WORCESTER >> Charges alleging that a Massachusetts corrections officer threatened his girlfriend by holding a gun to her head during a domestic dispute in February 2015 have been dismissed.

The Telegram & Gazette reports the Worcester District Attorney's Office dropped charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a household member against 49-year-old Jaime Fuentes on Tuesday.

Fuentes has been on paid administrative leave for the past 14 months. He has been employed by the state Department of Correction for nearly 28 years and most recently worked at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

Fuentes' defense attorney argued last year that 44-year-old Nelly Rivera made up the accusations out of spite. The prosecution's case suffered a serious blow when Rivera declined to testify.


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