Judge considers motion to access victim’s therapy, school records in case of Templeton cop

  • Templeton Police Officer Edward A. Holden stands next to his attorney, Lucy DeLaCour, during his arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court on July 26. Staff FILE PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 1/15/2020 5:55:40 PM
Modified: 1/15/2020 5:54:48 PM

GREENFIELD — Judge Mark Mason said he will take into consideration four motions a Templeton police officer’s attorney made in hopes of gaining insight into the alleged victim’s claims.

Edward A. Holden is accused of assaulting, on two occasions, a young girl known to him. He was arraigned in Orange District Court and then in Franklin County Superior Court on July 26, when he again pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on child under 14. He was released on personal recognizance, but 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.

Lucy DeLaCour, representing Holden, appealed to Mason in court on Tuesday, requesting access to the victim’s elementary school and middle school records as well as records from the girl’s therapist and primary care doctor.

DeLaCour said the records are relevant to the case because the alleged victim, who was not present Tuesday, first confided in a teacher and, subsequently, in a school guidance counselor. This, DeLaCour told Mason, “triggered the investigation.” She said the victim began visiting the therapist as a result of the allegations.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano, who is prosecuting the case, called the motions a “fishing expedition.” But DeLaCour said any diagnosis or medication of the alleged victim are relevant to the case.

Holden is scheduled to appear back in court at 2 p.m. on March 18, for a hearing on a motion to suppress evidence.

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.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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