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Court Officer

POSITION SUMMARY:
Has responsibility for maintaining order, protecting judges, jurors, prisoners, court personnel
and the public, and serves other needs as defined by the Trial Court.

MAJOR DUTIES:
Provides security for prisoners, witnesses, jurors, court personnel and the public in the
courtroom and other designated areas of the courthouse. May be required to take appropriate
action in disruptive situations in the courtroom or other designated areas, including
assaultive behavior where persons may be armed or unarmed, and subduing or apprehending

escaping prisoners, or to provide first response in other emergency situations.

Protects the privacy and insures the safety of judges.
Provides security in the prisoner detention area and the courtroom, including monitoring,
securing and feeding prisoners. Escorts prisoners from the holding area to the courtroom or
other designated areas.
Inspects courtrooms, lobbies, lockups, and jury deliberation rooms for explosive devices and
other devices that could jeopardize security.
Accepts defendants into custody and holds them or releases them pursuant to the direction
of the court.
Performs related duties as required.

Attends all court officer training programs required by the Trial Court and must successfully
pass all training requirements.


 

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I dunno- this whole thing to me isn't passing the smell test. In 25 years on the job I don't think I've ever seen someone in the custody of a Court Officer outside of the court building. At least not in New Bedford Superior/District courts. I've seen them escort jurors looking at crime scenes, and about 20 years ago I remember Court Officers from Superior Court going into downtown New Bedford and in effect taking registered voters in to custody to act as jurors, but at the hospital with a detainee? BCSO all the way.
I hope the Court Officer who was left holding the bag on this isn't left twisting slowly in the wind while the gmokes that really caused this problem are allowed to wear Teflon.
BTW, a question- not trying to be a smartass- do CO's receive any training in the care, custody, and transportation of prisoners beyond moving them from the lockup in the basement to the courtroom?
 

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I dunno- this whole thing to me isn't passing the smell test. In 25 years on the job I don't think I've ever seen someone in the custody of a Court Officer outside of the court building. At least not in New Bedford Superior/District courts. I've seen them escort jurors looking at crime scenes, and about 20 years ago I remember Court Officers from Superior Court going into downtown New Bedford and in effect taking registered voters in to custody to act as jurors, but at the hospital with a detainee? BCSO all the way.
Policy & Procedure manual states - "a minimum of two (2) court officers will accompany the detainee/prisoner in the event of a medical emergency. Officers will ride in ambulance, stay in emergency room, etc."

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I hope the Court Officer who was left holding the bag on this isn't left twisting slowly in the wind while the gmokes that really caused this problem are allowed to wear Teflon.
BTW, a question- not trying to be a smartass- do CO's receive any training in the care, custody, and transportation of prisoners beyond moving them from the lockup in the basement to the courtroom?
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Agents round up fugitive's girlfriend

Hunt for alleged perv enters 2nd week

The Brazilian girlfriend of accused fugitive rapist Anthony Flye was arrested and detained by immigration officials yesterday as authorities continue to search for the dangerous escapee.
Flye's girlfriend, Gilda Rodrigues Silva, was collared yesterday on Nantucket, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She was nabbed on a deportation warrant.
There's no evidence the 38-year-old illegal immigrant aided in Flye's escape March 25, said Bristol County Sheriff Maj. Nelson DeGouveia.
Flye, a married 38-year-old charged with rape and incest, escaped from a New Bedford hospital, where he was being treated for injuries he suffered during a previous courthouse escape attempt. He was last spotted Wednesday at a YMCA in New Bedford.
Flye slipped away after a court officer uncuffed him so he could use the bathroom and call his girlfriend. He was gone for nearly an hour before authorities were notified of the break-out.
Police are running down dozens of tips in Massachusetts and Maine, where Flye has family, DeGouveia said.
"We're folowing up some pretty significant leads," he said.
Flye, a carpenter, and his wife, Dawn Flye, own a $1.1 million home in Nantucket and a place in Swansea. The sheriff's office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Flye's arrest. Call 508-995-6400 with tips.

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1084191

Search for accused child rapist goes nationwide

By Jay Pateakos
The Herald News
Posted Mar 31, 2008 @ 03:54 PM
Last update Mar 31, 2008 @ 09:28 PM

Fall River -
The hunt for accused rapist Anthony Flye is going national as a small segment is set to be aired this Saturday night on Fox's America's Most Wanted.
AMW Northeast correspondent Jon Leiberman confirmed that the show is in the "early stages" of taking the case on but is still gathering the details as they get them.
"We want to get his face out to the national audience in hope of bringing him to justice," said Leiberman. "This is a man accused of heinous crimes and even after that, he thumbs his nose up at the authorities in his escape."
Flye, 38, of Swansea and Nantucket, escaped from New Bedford's St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Room bathroom Tuesday after injuring himself when he jumped off the second floor balcony at the New Bedford Superior Court House. He has been missing since 4:10 p.m. Tuesday. Flye had been charged with rape, indecent assault and battery on a disabled person, assault and battery on a disabled person, rape of a child under the age of 16, enticing a child under the age of 16, incest, aggravated rape, and indecent assault and battery.
Leiberman said the show plans to air at least an eight-second segment this Saturday at 9 p.m., which will show Flye's photo and case history.
He said Flye's picture and information has already been placed on the AMW.com Web site, a site that Leiberman gets roughly 12 million hits each week and has already received one solid tip that has been passed along to the sheriff's department.
"Our first step was to get it on the Web site, and the second would be to get the short segment on the air," said Leiberman. "Eight seconds may not appear to be that long, but you'd be surprised at how many people we've caught after putting their face up there for just a few seconds."
Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said his investigators and dogs were out in Wareham Monday following on a lead that Flye was somewhere in Plymouth County. Hodgson said a number of promising leads have come forth over the last few days, but he said he was unsure where they would lead until more information was gathered. The Sheriff's Department's tip line has received on average about six phone calls per day, and Hodgson said that though many of the leads have yet to pan out, it is "building confidence" in the community.
Asked if any leads are showing Flye still in the southcoast area, Hodgson said they were unsure of any exact location yet. He did confirm that they had received one fax from America's Most Wanted so far, which relayed a tip that they had received on its 1-800-CRIME-TV hot line sometime on Monday, but Hodgson would not elaborate on that tip.
Swansea Police Chief George Arruda said he appreciated the case getting on a national stage as long as the end result is Flye's capture.
"Any assistance we can get in capturing this defendant will make this department happy," Arruda said.
Although Flye, who was last seen while making a call on a video surveillance camera at the New Bedford YMCA, has affiliations in Maine, Rhode Island, Nantucket and other parts of Massachusetts, The AMW Web site link on Flye listed Maryland as a possible location, something that was news to New Bedford Police Lt. Jeffrey Silva.
"I guess with the time and the price of a bus ticket, you could just about put every state on that list," said Silva.
Contacted later in the afternoon, Lieberman said the Maryland reference in Flye's information was "a mistake by our web team".
Silva said the New Bedford Police had nothing to do with any of the information being furnished to America's Most Wanted, but warned people that the bald picture that has been circulating around about Flye may not be as accurate as authorities would like.
"They're using a shaved head photo, but we've been told he has a lot more hair than that now," said Silva.
People who may have seen Flye or have information on his whereabouts should call the New Bedford Police Tip Line at 508-961-4584 or the Sheriff's Office at 508-995-6400. The Sheriff's Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of Flye.


http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x125181757
 

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Piss poor. Most that will come out of this, is the same crappy court security we've always had. Plus maybe a msp detail or 2 at the aforementioned court house the suspect got hurt at.
 

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In RI this would have never happened, because all the court officers are armed sheriffs.
But if those armed sheriffs were out trying to play cop then there would not be enough of them to do the job correctly.
 

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Child Rape Suspect Apprehended After Escape

Man Arrested In Westport

3:24 pm EDT April 7, 2008

An inmate who escaped police custody while at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford was apprehended in Westport Monday afternoon.
Anthony Flye, 38, was arrested at about 2:30 p.m. on Route 6, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said. Flye was facing child rape, indecent assault and battery of a disabled person, indecent exposure and incest when he escaped last month. At the time, Flye was being walked from a courtroom to a lockup at the New Bedford Superior Court when he broke away from two court officers and jumped headfirst over a stairway banister.
He was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital by court officer David Jackson. But while waiting for an MRI, officials said that Jackson removed Flye's handcuffs so that he could use the phone to call his girlfriend. He was then allowed to go into a bathroom that had a second door while being unsupervised and escaped.
Minutes later, a New Bedford police officer said that he saw Flye in jeans, a hospital gown and paper slippers, but it wasn't until two hours later when sheriff's deputies arrived at the hospital to relieve Jackson that the department learned of Flye's escape.

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Alleged rapist Flye caught in Westport

April 07, 2008 3:00 PM

WESTPORT - Alleged rapist Anthony Flye was captured on Route 6 about 2:30 p.m. this afternoon by state police and U.S. Marshals after almost two weeks on the loose, according to a spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Flye has been on the run since March 25, when he walked away from a court officer at St. Luke's Hospital.
The Bristol County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies across the region launched a massive manhunt for the fugitive, sifting through clues and sending investigators from Wareham to Maine.
Mr. Flye, who is facing a host of felony charges including child rape and incest, was arrested in mid-February on Nantucket.
He has been held on a $500,000 cash bail at the Bristol County House of Corrections since his arrest.
The fugitive was in court March 25 to be arraigned on a charge of indecent exposure when he threw himself over a staircase bannister and injured himself.
He was transported to St. Luke's for treatment where he later managed to escape after the court officer guarding him removed his handcuffs and leg shackles to let him use the bathroom unattended.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080407/NEWS/80407011
 

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Alleged rapist Flye caught; held on $1 million bail
Escaped from St. Luke's Hospital last month


Alleged rapist Anthony Flye in New Bedford District Court today.

By Curt Brown
Standard-Times staff writer
April 07, 2008 3:00 PM
Alleged rapist Anthony Flye was ordered held today on $1 million cash bail, after he was captured on Route 6 in Westport, almost two weeks after he walked away from a court officer at St. Luke's Hospital.
Prosecutor Garrett Fregault said at a bail hearing today in New Bedford District Court that the 38-year-old man was apprehended with more than $800 dollars in his possession.
State Police Trooper David Reis, a member of the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and State Police K-9 Trooper Robert Gilmore apprehended Mr. Flye shortly after he was spotted about 2:15 p.m. by a U.S. Marshal.
Trooper Reis said Mr. Flye had his head bowed, glasses, a mustache, a hood over his head and his hands in his pocket when he approached him in response to the U.S. Marshal's information that a hitchiker matched Mr. Flye's general description.
As Trooper Reis walked to the suspect from the front, K-9 Trooper Gilmore approached him from behind.
Trooper Reis said he grabbed Mr. Flye's hands and asked his name. There was no struggle and Mr. Flye provided his correct name and said he wanted to speak with a lawyer, according to Trooper Reis.
"They all feel good," Trooper Reis said when asked how it felt to capture Mr. Flye. "I'm glad this one is over."
Judge Bernadette L. Sabra set bail on Mr. Flye at $1 million cash or $10 million surety and continued the escape charge until April 30 for an appearance of counsel in New Bedford District Court.
Mr. Flye is being held at the Bristol County House of Correction, Dartmouth.
Mr. Flye has been on the run since March 25, when he walked away from a court officer at St. Luke's Hospital.
The Bristol County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies across the region launched a massive manhunt for the fugitive, sifting through clues and sending investigators from Wareham to Maine.
Mr. Flye, who is facing a host of felony charges including child rape and incest, was arrested in mid-February on Nantucket.
He has been held on a $500,000 cash bail at the Bristol County House of Corrections since his arrest.
The fugitive was in court March 25 to be arraigned on a charge of indecent exposure when he threw himself over a staircase bannister and injured himself.
He was transported to St. Luke's for treatment where he later managed to escape after the court officer guarding him removed his handcuffs and leg shackles to let him use the bathroom unattended.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080407/NEWS/80407011
 

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Accused rapist held on $1 million

By Jay Pateakos
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted May 08, 2008 @ 07:35 PM

New Bedford -
Accused rapist and escapee Anthony Flye was ordered held on $1 million bail on a single charge of escape from a penal institution at New Bedford Superior Court Thursday.
The courthouse was a familiar site for Flye, 38, of Swansea and Nantucket, who had hurled himself off the second floor balcony March 25 after Superior Court Judge Robert Kane continued his bail hearing for a week. While at the emergency room at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Flye escaped from a bathroom after a court officer guarding him unlocked his handcuffs and leg chains.
After massive search efforts were launched in this and other states, Flye was caught 13 days later on Route 6 in Westport by State Police and a member of the U.S. Marshals office.
Flye was later transferred from the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth to an undisclosed prison due to the widespread media coverage his case received.
Flye was also arraigned on charges of indecent exposure, rape, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years of age or older, assault and battery on a person over the age of 60/disabled with injury, rape of a child, enticement of a child under the age of 16 and incest. Flye pleaded not guilty to all charges.
His next appearance in court will on June 25 for a status hearing and then on Sept. 2 for a pretrial hearing.

http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x1929890574/Accused-rapist-held-on-1-million
 

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Flye facing more charges in R.I.

By Jay Pateakos
Herald Hews Staff Reporter
Posted May 13, 2008 @ 05:44 PM

East Providence, R.I. -
Accused rapist and escape artist Anthony Flye was indicted on a host of new charges late last week by a Providence County grand jury.
Flye, of Swansea and Nantucket, was indicted on four counts of first degree child molestation and two counts of second degree child molestation, said Michael J. Healey, a spokesman for Rhode Island attorney general Patrick C. Lynch.
Healey said the incidents occurred on various dates in 2003.
"A bench warrant was issued, but we knew he was being detained on Massachusetts charges and is currently being held in Plymouth County," said Healey.
Flye, 38, is being held on $1 million bond for his March escape from authorities. He is also being held without bail on charges of rape, indecent assault and battery on a disabled person, assault and battery on a disabled person, rape of a child under the age of 16, enticing a child under the age of 16, incest, aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery.
Healey said Rhode Island has been told they won't get a crack at Flye until he is sentenced in Massachusetts.
"We will be lodging a detainer by tomorrow to secure our right to prosecute him in Rhode Island," said Healey. "We will simply have to wait our turn."
Flye received national attention in March when he escaped when he eluded sheriff's deputies and ran from the hospital, where he had been taken after jumping from the second floor of New Bedford Superior Court after a bail hearing. He was captured April 7 while walking along Route 6 near the Route 88 ramp in Westport.
Flye is scheduled to appear in New Bedford Superior Court on Sept. 2 for a pre-trial hearing.

http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x1946822686/Flye-facing-more-charges-in-R-I
 

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Flye granted motion for separate trials


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Anthony Flye

By Jay Pateakos
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2009 @ 04:41 PM
Last update Feb 12, 2009 @ 11:40 PM

Swansea -

Accused rapist Anthony Flye's defense attorneys won a motion Tuesday that will allow Flye to have three separate trials for his charges.

Flye, of 18 Rowley St. in Swansea and 9 Brinda Lane of Nantucket, is currently being held at the Plymouth House of Correction on $1 million bail while facing charges of rape, indecent assault and battery on a disabled person, assault and battery on a disabled person, rape of a child under the age of 16, enticing a child under the age of 16, incest, aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery.

Flye also faces charges in Rhode Island, which will be dealt with only after his Massachusetts trials are complete, A Rhode Island grand jury indicted him last year on four counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation.

Flye, who worked in the construction trade and had a criminal record dating back to his juvenile days, gained national attention for his March 26, 2008, escape from a hospital's emergency room bathroom while a court officer waited outside. Featured on the Web site of Fox's hit series "America's Most Wanted," Flye was on the loose for 13 days before being found on Route 6 in Westport with $800 in cash.

The new motion to sever cases, which Superior Court Judge Richard Moses approved, will allow three separate trials for the rape and indecent assault and battery on a disabled person, rape of a child under the age of 16 and escape charges.

When contacted about the reasoning behind the motion to sever, Flye's defense attorney, Louis M. Badwey, of New Bedford, said "he does not discuss any of his cases with the media."

District Attorney spokesman Gregg Miliote said that while the defense request to sever the trials isn't a common practice, it does happen periodically.

Flye is next due in court Feb. 23 for a pre-trial hearing on the escape charges and a final pre-trial hearing March 23 for his other charges.

http://www.heraldnews.com/police_and_fire/x2142441308/Flye-granted-motion-for-separate-trials
 

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The Bristol County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies across the region launched a massive manhunt for the fugitive, sifting through clues and sending investigators from Wareham to Maine.
No, it was only the deputies that went to Maine while everybody searched locally...

Sure brings back some funny memories.

Another week and they'd probably end up looking for the guy in North Dakota.
 

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Nantucket man convicted of child rape

By Associated Press
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - Added 1h ago

NEW BEDFORD - A Nantucket man who once spent nearly two weeks on the loose after escaping custody while at a hospital has been convicted of child rape.
Anthony Flye was sentenced in New Bedford Superior Court on Tuesday to 15 to 20 years behind bars to be followed by 20 years of probation.
Prosecutors say the 40-year-old Flye developed a relationship with a Swansea family beginning in 2003 and used that relationship to rape the girl and her disabled grandmother. He was acquitted of charges related to the grandmother.

Nantucket man convicted of child rape - BostonHerald.com
 
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