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Massachusetts officer facing child rape charge

February 26, 2019

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer charged with raping a 13-year-old boy he met on an online dating app has been denied bail.

Lawrence Officer Carlos Vieira was held pending a hearing scheduled for Friday to determine whether he’s a danger to society. Not guilty pleas to charges of aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 were entered on his behalf at his arraignment Monday.

Officials began investigating the 49-year-old Vieira in January when the boy’s mother contacted authorities. The mother alleged her son met Vieira last summer and engaged in sexual activity with him.

Vieira’s attorney said his client denies the charges and believes it is a case of mistaken identity.

Police Chief Roy Vasque says Vieira has been placed on administrative leave.