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      Former police officer held without bail on assault charges

      Stephen Ricco, 41, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment April 9, 2014.

      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.


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