Ex-Boston fire official convicted of rape
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Boston deputy fire chief charged with impersonating a state trooper and sexually assaulting women at gunpoint has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Peter Pearson of East Bridgewater was sentenced Thursday in Brockton Superior Court following his conviction on charges of aggravated rape, assault with the intent to rape, kidnapping, indecent assault and battery, and impersonating a police officer.
Prosecutors say the 56-year-old Pearson would pose as a state police officer, using a badge and a hand-held radio and take his victims to remote places in Brockton and force them to perform sex acts. The crimes occurred from 1997 until 2008, when he was arrested.
Pearson was a 23-year veteran of the department who had been decorated for bravery. He resigned soon after his arrest.