I-Team: Former police officer accused of rape, assault
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. —
A former Pawtucket police officer previously accused of domestic violence was being held Wednesday on new charges of rape and assault.
Stephen Ricco faces charges of first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and domestic assault on his girlfriend. A bail hearing scheduled for Thursday was postponed until Dec. 12.
North Smithfield police said the attack happened on Thanksgiving Day inside Ricco's apartment. NBC 10 News is not identifying the woman because of the alleged sexual assault.
Ricco was in court in February facing an unrelated domestic violence charge. Pawtucket police arrested him for allegedly pushing another woman against his patrol car while he was in uniform and on duty.
In the February report, officers described frightening incidents between Ricco and the Pawtucket victim.
"Ricco was angry and told her that he wanted to beat her like a man," the police report said.
At one point, the woman told Ricco she was pregnant with his child.
"When she told him she was not getting an abortion, Ricco became irate ... punching the inside of her car ... Ricco turned to her and pushed her in the chest area," the police report said.
Ricco eventually pleaded no contest to domestic disorderly conduct and was sentenced to community service and anger management counseling.
He resigned from the Pawtucket Police Department. He didn't have enough years on the job to qualify for a pension.
The I-Team heard from other women who said they also crossed paths with Ricco during his time as a cop.
One woman told the I-Team's Jim Taricani that she had sex with the former officer, while he was on duty and in uniform.
When she tried to end the relationship, she said Ricco became violent.
"He never actually hit me, but he would punch a wall next to my head," she said.
Ricco was ordered held at the ACI after his arrest over the weekend.