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Boston P.D. Detective Indicted For Alleged False Report

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 Tuesday.

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 arrested.

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 disciplinary action.

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.

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 anyone else."

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