‘Troopergate’ Suit Seeks Money, Apology from DA Early
By Dan Atkinson
A new lawsuit is seeking a public apology and compensation from Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. for leading the “immoral scheme” to force a state trooper to rewrite his arrest report of a judge’s daughter, which ultimately led to the “Troopergate” scandal and retirements of several top state cops.
The lawsuit, filed by Trooper Ryan Sceviour in Suffolk Superior Court today, says Early “initiated and directed” the plot to change the arrest report of Alli Bibaud, daughter of Dudley District Court Judge Timothy Bibaud, last October. After being pulled over for drunk driving, Alli Bibaud -- whose father previously worked under Early -- reportedly told Sceviour she had traded sex for heroin, which he noted in his report.
But Early told State Police Col. Richard McKeon, a friend of his, that scrubbing those references from the report was “the appropriate thing to do,” according to an investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey. Sceviour was ultimately ordered to revise the previously approved report.
McKeon and other top cops retired last year after news of the revision became public, but Healey’s investigation did not recommend criminal charges, instead referring the matter to the State Ethics Commission.
Sceviour previously filed suit against McKeon and the State Police in federal court, but this lawsuit names Early as the leader of the alleged conspiracy and also names two other State Police officials who retired last year, Lt. Col. Francis Hughes and Lt. Col. Daniel Risteen.
Early is accused of violating Sceviour’s constitutional rights, conspiracy, defamation and inflicting emotional distress. The lawsuit calls for a public apology and unspecified compensatory damages.
“The defendants’ conduct was extreme and outrageous, beyond all bounds of decency and utterly intolerable in a civilized community. The distress suffered by the plaintiffs was severe and of the nature that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it,” the lawsuit reads.