I-Team: Former Pawtucket officer ordered held without bail

A judge on Monday ordered a former Pawtucket police officer held without bail on charges of raping and choking his girlfriend.

Stephen Ricco appeared in Kent County District Court for a bail hearing.

Ricco listened as his ex-girlfriend told the judge what she says happened to her on Nov. 27.

The woman claims the on again, off again, couple was enjoying a night out and has some drinks at a bar in North Smithfield when they started arguing.

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

"He acts like a different person, like a monster," the woman said. "I don't know how to describe it."

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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 claims 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 said.

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

Ricco's lawyer, David Gentile, questioned if the woman was upset because the former police officer talked about seeing his estranged wife and children for the holiday. He also asked her why she declined a rape kit.

The woman said she took a shower and believed the results would have been skewed.

Gentile questioned her story.

"That has been our contention throughout that this witness is not credible to convict Mr. Ricco," Gentile said.

Ricco is being held without bail until March 27 when the judge will oversee another bail review unless a grand jury decides to indict the former police officer.

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