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Northwestern DA’s Office to review circumstances regarding HPD’s release of unredacted transcript of Brennan interview

by | Feb 13, 2024 | Featured: News, News, Police & Fire

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the release last month of an insufficiently redacted transcript of an interview with embattled Sgt. Tim Brennan by the Hopkinton Police Department, according to a Middlesex County DA spokesperson’s statement Tuesday.

The Independent reached out to the Middlesex County DA’s Office last week seeking information on the consequences of the release of the insufficiently redacted transcript of the Kroll report on the HPD news blog. This report was conducted by an independent investigative firm in regard to the case against John “Jay” Porter, the former HPD deputy chief who pleaded not guilty of three counts of child rape that allegedly occurred during his stint as a school resource officer. Brennan served as the SRO after Porter, and he formed a connection with the alleged survivor.

“The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has asked the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office to review the circumstances surrounding the Hopkinton Police Department’s disclosure of an insufficiently redacted transcript relating to the John Porter sexual assault investigation,” Middlesex County DA spokesperson Meghan Kelly wrote via email. “This independent review was requested to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, and to ensure the review is as independent and objective as possible. Due to the ongoing nature of the review, no further information is available at this time.”

The Kroll report called out multiple circumstances where Brennan was accused of violating HPD rules, regulations, policies, procedures and special orders.

Brennan said during the Loudermill hearing on a request for his termination by HPD Chief Joseph Bennett that he learned about the alleged survivor’s circumstances over a period of years and had honored her request for confidentiality by not reporting the information to his superior officers, breaking HPD policy. The first name and other identifying information regarding the alleged survivor was shared in the HPD’s transcript post on its news blog, which was taken down two days later. At the conclusion of the Loudermill hearing on Feb. 8, the Select Board voted to terminate Brennan from his position as of Feb. 12.

Brennan’s supporters have been vocal in their calls for Brennan’s reinstatement to the force at the initial public Loudermill hearing and at subsequent Select Board meetings.

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