Grand jury indicts former police officer on rape charges

Stephen Ricco

A statewide grand jury on Wednesday reported an indictment against a former Pawtucket police officer accused of raping and choking his girlfriend.

Stephen Ricco, 41, of North Smithfield, was indicted on charges of first-degree domestic sexual assault, one count of strangulation and two counts of simple assault. He is currently held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 9.

In January, the woman told a judge during a bail hearing in Kent Country District Court that the couple was enjoying a night out and had some drinks at a bar in North Smithfield when they started arguing.

The woman said Ricco became agitated over a late-night breakfast at Denny's.

The woman said she didn't call 911 or run for help because she was scared. Instead, she went back to Ricco's condo in North Smithfield. She claimed Ricco roughed her up, punched her and raped her.

"I just wanted to go home and he wouldn't let me go home, and he made me have sex with him and he bit my face," the woman told the judge in January.

NBC 10 does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

The woman reported the alleged rape to North Smithfield police the following day.

In 2012, Ricco pleaded no contest to an unrelated charge of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to community service and anger management counseling.