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April 3, 2014

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Police said they found blank credit cards, a magnetic card swipe reader/writer encoder and a photo ID card printer in the home along with other electronic equipment needed to produce and clone credit cards, debit cards and gift cards.

Mike LaBella

Trial for ex-officer postponed after witness fails to show up

A witness failed to appear in court Monday, forcing the postponement of the trial of a former Haverhill police officer fired for allegedly stalking his former wife.

Essex County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Belmonte told Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle that she was requesting a continuance to June 9 due to the fact that a witness for the prosecution who was summonsed by mail failed to appear.

Monday was the scheduled start of a trial for Victor “Manny” Pellot, who was charged a year ago with stalking and unlawfully seeking CORI information. In addition to stalking his ex-wife and her boyfriend, Pellot misused police resources and databases to research the boyfriend’s background, police said.

Pellot’s defense lawyer, Gerald LaFlamme of Haverhill, objected to the continuance, indicating Pellot’s family was in the courtroom, expecting the trial to begin.

Pellot’s case is being heard in Newburyport instead of Haverhill District Court because charges against a police officer are routinely heard before a judge in a court other than the one officers appear in as part of their job.

Pellot, 50, was fired last July, following a Civil Service hearing. He had been a member of the Haverhill department since 1983.

Mike LaBella

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