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Dracut Police Chief Responds To 'Whistleblower' Lawsuit

Dec 15, 2016 12:35PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Dracut Interim Police Chief Neil Ouellette

Dracut's Interim Police Chief, Neil Ouellette, released the following statement, relative to the lawsuit followed by Officer Joseph Jakuttis.
"The Dracut Police Department is aware of a Law Suit filed in Middlesex Superior Court naming several state, federal and local law enforcement officials, including two Dracut Police Officers. Although the Department takes all allegations against the agency and its personnel seriously, I cannot comment on pending litigation at this time. Dracut Police Department Personnel will continue to serve the community in a professional and respectful manner."

Jakuttis, who is presently on disability leave, filed an 88-page lawsuit in Middlesex District Court on Dec. 2.
Jakuttis alleges he was fired from the highly regarded Cross Border Initiative and later demoted by the DPD from detective to patrol officer, as the result of his reporting alleged wrongdoing by his fellow task force members.
Defendants in the lawsuits include the Town of Dracut, Dracut Deputy Chief David Chartrand, DEA Agent Michael O'Hanlon (head of the CBI), an unnamed State Trooper, an unnamed Detective with the DPD and an unnamed officer with the DPD. In the initial court filings, the last three were named only as Joe Does 1,2, and 3. 
In 2012, Jakuttis was assigned to the CBI, a newly formed, inter-agency task force designed to combat the increasing flow of interstate drug trafficking in New England.
Jukuttis' allegations against his fellow law enforcement officers stem from a conversation he had with a confidential informant in 2015. According to the report in The Sun, the informant told Jakuttis he had shared drugs  and participated in sex parties with two Dracut Police officers on multiple occasions. The informant also told Jakuttis he and one of the Dracut officers had stole cocaine during a undercover drug buy, for their personal use later.
Jakuttis took the allegations seriously enough to share them with his CBI supervisor. However, he claims that led to his being the subject of intimidation and harassment, ultimately leading to him being removed from the task force.

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