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Ex-Boston officer to plead guilty to lying charge

November 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston police officer charged with lying to the FBI about passing confidential information to a gang associate, plans to plead guilty.

According to court documents, Mel Steele, a former member of the gang unit is scheduled to plead guilty Dec. 1 to a charge of lying to the FBI during a federal investigation.

The 36-year-old Steele resigned last month.

According to court records, Steele was a longtime friend of an associate of a Roxbury gang. Steele allegedly provided internal police information to the associate, including about an undercover surveillance vehicle, while Boston police and the FBI were investigating the gang. Steele is accused of making false statements when FBI agents confronted him in May 2011.

Steele’s lawyer did not return a call.

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