Templeton officer faces charges

  • Templeton Police Officer Edward A. Holden, left, stands next to his attorney during his arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 7/27/2019 6:57:08 AM

GREENFIELD – It is expected to be determined next month if the Templeton police officer now on paid administrative leave pending child rape charges qualifies for court-appointed counsel.

Edward A. Holden, 37, of Athol, was arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court on two counts of aggravated rape of a child, five-year difference, and three counts indecent assault and battery on child under 14. A court appointment to determine whether he qualifies for counsel is set for Aug. 9. He was released on personal recognizance and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Holden is accused of assaulting a young girl known to him on two occasions. He was previously arraigned in Orange District Court.

He has been ordered to have no unsupervised contact with a child under 16, no overnights with a child under 16 and no overnights where a child under 16 resides.

The Templeton Police Department had no comment on the case, though a man who answered the phone said one might be made in the next few weeks.

According to The Gardner News, Holden is a Westminster native who has served in Afghanistan, Cuba and Iraq with the National Guard. He also assisted with rescue efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and helped provide emergency response after flooding in Boston and the ice storm of December 2008.

A pretrial hearing is slated for Dec. 5.

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