Former police officer held without bail on assault charges
A former Pawtucket police officer will remain at the ACI after a court appearance on Wednesday. The judge ordered the former police officer held without bail and said he believes he may be a danger to himself or others.
Stephen Ricco, 41, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He is accused of choking, biting and raping an ex-girlfriend last Thanksgiving in North Smithfield.
Ricco resigned from the force last year, after pleading no contest to a different charge of domestic disorderly conduct.
His defense attorney asked that his client be released to a rehab program. The judge said he would consider that once he had more information. A hearing on that is set for next week.