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Ex-Erving police sergeant vindicated

ERVING — A district attorney’s investigation has cleared former Erving Police Sgt. Corey Greene of any wrongdoing in a barroom incident in Montague that resulted in his suspension and resignation, according to his lawyer.

Greenfield attorney Thomas Merrigan said the Worcester District Attorney’s Office cleared his client.

“When the issue of potential wrongdoing was raised, because of his involvement in the Franklin County law enforcement community, the (local) district attorney asked the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office to undertake to investigate the facts and circumstances,” Merrigan said. “We welcomed that approach because we were always confident that at the end of any investigation Corey Greene was going to be cleared and exonerated.”

Greene was never arrested or charged with a crime.

“The Worcester DA’s office did a very time-consuming investigation, and I think they left no stone unturned,” Merrigan said. “The upshot is that Corey has been completely exonerated of the allegations that were initially made.”

The result of the investigation came this week, almost six months after the incident in the St. Stanislaus Society bar in Turners Falls.

The Montague Police Department logged the incident as a reported assault, with the caller stating there was some issue between himself and his girlfriend and that another man stepped in and pushed him on the shoulder. Investigation showed the caller was the aggressor, according to the Montague log.

“There are no charges to issue,” said Worcester DA spokesman Paul Jarvey, when asked about the result of the investigation.

Greene resigned from the Erving Police Department on April 9, writing in his letter of resignation that he had been suspended since March 10 by the police chief and since March 17 by the Board of Selectmen, following what he said were allegations of improper conduct in dealing with an unruly bar patron in Turners Falls on Feb. 18.

Greene wrote that he was not treated fairly by the board in its hearing and felt forced to resign to pursue other work to support his family.

Merrigan said that to the best of his knowledge Greene had not found work.

“It means he’s out from under this uncertainty, which for a police officer would obviously be an interference with his ability to gain employment, so he can go forward free and clear of any doubt and become gainfully employed in law enforcement,” Merrigan said.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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