THOMPSON — The West Thompson fire chief said Friday he’s convinced the execution of a search-and-seizure warrant by state police at the department’s station was payback for his filing of a complaint against a trooper during the recent investigation of a sexual assault.
“I have little doubt this warrant is in retaliation for our complaint against the state police,” Chief Michael Rivers said. “I was the only one targeted, my personal cell phone was taken, my department email log-in information was taken.”
State police spokesman Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed a search warrant was served at the North Grosvenordale station on West Thompson Road on Thursday but did not provide details of the search, citing an ongoing investigation.
The warrant execution comes weeks after the arrest of Dylan Hamill, 21, a former West Thompson fire lieutenant who was charged by state police in July with second-degree sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old junior member of the department. Hamill has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Shortly after Hamill’s arrest, Rivers said the department had previously conducted an internal investigation into the matter and determined the allegations were unfounded.
Rivers also filed a formal complaint against at least one trooper regarding the trooper’s alleged unprofessional conduct during the investigation into Hamill, specifically on how the victim was questioned.
In the July 31 complaint sent to Dora Schriro, the state’s commissioner of emergency services and public protection, Rivers alleges a member of the state police, identified in the…
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