Former Pawtucket police officer indicted for sexual assault

Former Pawtucket police officer indicted for sexual assault

PAWTUCKET – Stephen Ricco, a former Pawtucket police officer who resigned last year after assaulting a girlfriend, was indicted on Wednesday on one count of first-degree domestic sexual assault, one count of domestic strangulation, and two counts of simple domestic assault in connection to an attack on another girlfriend last November.

Ricco, of 1 Tupperware Drive in North Smithfield, is accused of sexually and physically assaulting a woman with whom he was in a relationship. Ricco is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 9, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.

According to police, Ricco allegedly tried to choke the victim and then told her not to answer the door when neighbors began banging on the walls. He then drove her home and told her not to call authorities. She later went to the North Smithfield Police Department to report the attack.

Police found anabolic steroids and syringes in Ricco's apartment.

Ricco allegedly attacked the victim twice, first choking her and then biting her face as he raped her. She eventually convinced him to take her home.

The former Pawtucket police officer was suspended last February after his girlfriend at the time said he attacked her and pulled out his service gun and asked her to shoot him with it. Domestic assault charges were dismissed but Ricco pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was ordered to attend anger management counseling, according to court records. He would later resign from the Pawtucket Police Department.