Mass. State Trooper Made To Change Report After Arresting Judge's Daughter
A Massachusetts State Trooper said he was just doing his job when he arrested Allie Bibaud, the daughter of a judge, for allegedly driving under the influence, but what happened afterward was far from what he expected.
Trooper Ryan Sceviour, 29, said he hasn’t been able to sleep since being forced to edit and redact the police report for Bibaud’s arrest.
“You are to immediately code 7 to the barracks, per the colonel. It’s an order from the colonel. It’s got something to do with an arrest report, umm, a judge’s daughter,” one of the messages said.
Kesten said Sceviour didn’t know who Bibaud was until she commented about it during the arrest.
“My dad’s a (expletive) Judge. He’s going to kill me,” she said, according to Sceviour’s report. She also allegedly implied she would trade sexual favors for leniency.
Bibaud was arrested the night of Oct. 16 after being pulled over on Interstate 190 south, in the Worcester area. Sceviour said he was ordered on Oct. 19 to change the report.
“At 10 a.m., he’s awakened by pounding on the door,” Kesten said. “There is a local trooper there. ‘I’ve been sent here to wake you up, immediately get to Holden.’”
Sceviour said he was forced to drive 90 miles from his home on the South Shore to sit with State Police Maj. Susan Anderson and edit the report, or be fired.
“He said, ‘I don’t want to. This is wrong,’” Kesten told Boston 25 News. “He said, ‘This is morally wrong.’ She said, ‘It’s direct order from the colonel.”
State police issued the following statement:
Supervisory members of the State Police, up to and including the Colonel, may review any report and have the responsibility to order any appropriate revisions. In the report in question, the revision consisted only of removal of a sensationalistic, directly-quoted statement by the defendant, which made no contribution to proving the elements of the crimes with which she was charged. Inclusion of an unnecessary sensationalistic statement does not meet the report-writing standards required by the department. The revised report – which is clearly marked as having been revised –includes all observations made by troopers, all descriptions of physical evidence found in the defendant’s possession, and summaries of statements made by the defendant relative to her possession and use of heroin, all of which constitute clear evidence against her. Furthermore, both versions of the report were submitted to the court. The removal of the inflammatory and unnecessary quotation did not change the substance of the trooper’s narrative, did not remove any elements of probable cause from the report, and, most importantly, had no impact on the charges against the defendant. The defendant remains charged -- as she was initially charged -- with operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and two other motor vehicle offenses, and she will be held accountable for those crimes based on the evidence collected by State Police.
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