Cop accused of rape released on personal recognizance

A former Lowell police officer is expected back in court at the end of August for allegedly raping a homeless teenager back in 2016.

Kevin Garneau, 49, of Pelham, New Hampshire is facing two counts of rape in connection with an alleged series of sexual assaults of a homeless female while on duty, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Garneau was indicted on June 26 after Lowell police launched an investigation into the allegations which they received in January.

He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on June 27, Ryan said.

It is alleged that while on duty Garneau entered the tent of a homeless teen in Lowell, who was 16 at the time, and told her there were warrants out for her arrest, Ryan said.

He allegedly told her that he would not arrest her “in exchange for her providing sexual services,” Ryan said.

Garneau is said to have sexually assaulted her several times in the months after the alleged incident occurred, according to Ryan.

The Lowell Sun covered a brief appearance by Garneau in court where Judge Robert Ullman agreed to impound a court document due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

Garneau has been wearing a GPS monitoring device since his release on personal recognizance back in June 27. He’s been ordered to have no contact with the victim.

His next court appearance is scheduled for August 26.



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