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Former Tiverton School Resource Officer Receives Suspension Over the Use of Taser, Also Receives a Child Abuse Charge

Tiverton school employee who was previously suspended due to the deployment of a Taser is now accused of child abuse. (Photo: Yahoo News)

On Thursday, a District Court judge sentenced a former Tiverton school resource officer who had been placed on administrative leave after being accused of second-degree child abuse in connection with the use of a Taser pistol.

Former Tiverton school resource officer accused of child abuse (Photo: Pexels)

According to Warren police Lt. Christopher Perreault, the officer, Jacob Rapoza, the former Tiverton school resource officer, was detained by Warren police based on a warrant related to injuries that sent a child to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

In a report published by The Providence Journal, Rapoza, the former Tiverton school resource officer, had been charged by Tiverton police with disorderly conduct and violence in March, and at the time of his detention, he was free on bail. Rapoza appeared before Judge Melissa Dubose in Providence District Court for a bail hearing in connection with the earlier charges from Tiverton following his arraignment on the Warren police charges on Thursday.

Rapoza, the former Tiverton school resource officer, was ordered jailed without bond after Dubose determined him to be in violation. After a young person was transported to the hospital, a warrant was issued. A news release from Perreault claims that only Warren police detectives looked into a report of child abuse after a minor was taken to the hospital, but it does not go into detail about the alleged child abuse.

Rapoza, the former Tiverton school resource officer, surrendered himself in after they obtained a warrant, it claims. According to an online court document, Rapoza is charged with second-degree child abuse that occurred on Wednesday.

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Rapoza, the former Tiverton school resource officer has former cases as well

According to a report in the MSN News, Rapoza’s earlier accusations, which were brought against him on March 8, relate to situations in which he is said to have used a Taser that was provided by the department improperly while serving as a student resource officer in classrooms.

The arrest warrant claims that on one occasion Rapoza, the former Tiverton school resource officer, discharged the Taser, causing sparks, right before a school assembly on September 30, 2022. Rapoza had a Cranston Adult Correctional Institutions inmate ID as of Friday. At the Anthony P. Travisono Intake Service Center of the ACI, he was.

The subsequent court date of the former Tiverton school resource officer is set on August 17.

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