By Associated Press
Boston -- A grand jury has indicted a decorated Boston Police
detective for allegedly lying about witnessing a drug deal that led
to three arrests, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said
Det. Miguel Pinto, 43, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday
in Superior Court on misdemeanor charges of filing a false police
report and violating the constitutional rights of others.
Pinto, who is on administrative leave, reported in September
2002 that he observed two suspects making a cocaine sale inside the
bathroom of a Boston fast food restaurant. Three suspects were
But Pinto actually was outside the restaurant at the time he
claimed to be in the bathroom witnessing the drug deal, said Conley,
who investigated the case with the Boston Police anti-corruption
unit. Charges against the suspects were dropped.
Pinto, a 16-year veteran, has been on paid administrative leave
since last February.
BPD spokeswoman Mariellen Burns said Pinto has a clean
disciplinary record, several recommendations for commendations, and
received a "meritorious service" award in 1994. He has been a
detective since 1996. Burns would not comment on possible
A Boston Police detectives union attorney, Paul T. Hynes, did
not immediately return a call seeking comment. There was no Boston
phone listing for Pinto.
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In a statement, Conley said the case "goes to the very heart of
the issues of integrity, honesty and ethics." He said he will
investigate any credible allegations of misconduct against law
enforcement officials "as thoroughly as we would allegations against