A former Pawtucket police officer accused of raping and choking his girlfriend says he never forced himself on her and believes she had someone else injure her in order to make the accusations.
Stephen Ricco faces charges of first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and domestic assault. A hearing scheduled for Thursday was postponed until Dec. 12.
North Smithfield police said the attack happened Nov. 28 inside Ricco's apartment. NBC 10 News is not identifying the woman because of the alleged sexual assault.
According to a police report, a North Smithfield officer said he observed several injuries on the alleged victim after she walked into police headquarters.
The injuries included, "a red mark on her face in what appeared to be a bite marka scratch on the right side of her face and blood on the sleeves of her shirt"
The woman told police that "Ricco did not stop choking her until she told him, 'Stop, you're going to kill me"
She also told officers that "Ricco told her that he was going to, 'Get high as a kite' on cocaine"
But when Ricco was brought in for questioning, the former police officer told investigators a different story.
Ricco described their relationship as "very rocky and when she drinks, she becomes violent and mean."
He admits the couple was fighting the night before Thanksgiving but said the woman threatened him and shouted, "I'll call the cops and tell them you beat the (expletive) out of me."
Ricco also said, "he believed she had someone else injure herself in order to make these accusations."
He said the couple had sex but said it was the day before and told police, "I have never forced myself on her."
In February, he was charged by Pawtucket police for allegedly pushing another woman against his patrol car while he was in uniform and on duty.
Ricco eventually pleaded no contest to domestic disorderly conduct and was sentenced to community service and anger management counseling.
Ricco resigned from the Pawtucket Police Department. He didn't have enough years on the job to qualify for a pension.