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Department has formally disciplined officer six times since he joined force
By RICK COLLINS
The Patriot Ledger

BRAINTREE - A controversial Braintree police sergeant has once again been placed on paid administrative leave.

Police Chief Paul Frazier would say only that the department is ''looking into'' a personnel issue involving Sgt. Frederick Marks.

Marks, a member of the department since 1984, was suspended without pay for a week in 2001 for shoving a fellow police officer. It was the sixth time Marks had been formally disciplined by the department since he was hired, according to an internal memo authored by Frazier at the time and leaked to the Patriot Ledger.

The most high-profile incident was in 1993 when he admitted there were enough facts to be found guilty of threatening a former Braintree bar owner the previous year.

A grand jury had indicted him on three additional felony charges - two counts of extortion and one count of attempting to procure perjury - but the charges were dropped.

Marks has been defended in the past as an aggressive but good cop.

He was awarded a citation for outstanding conduct in 1991 by then-Gov. William Weld, and he makes a large number of arrests each year.

Marks is head coach of the Braintree High girls soccer team, which has won the Division 1 state title the past two years, and is president of the South Coast Scorpions, a private soccer team.

Information From: The Patriot Ledger
 
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