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Worcester Police Chief Stands By Officers Alleged Of Coerced Confession

Worcester Police Sgt. Kevin Pageau, right, and Detective John Doherty, left, interrogate Nga Truong, 16, following the 2008 death of her baby boy. (WBUR screenshot)

Worcester Police Sgt. Kevin Pageau, right, and Detective John Doherty, left, interrogate Nga Truong, 16, following the 2008 death of her baby boy. (WBUR screenshot)

The chief of the Worcester police department is standing by two detectives who in 2009 allegedly coerced a 16-year-old girl to confess to murdering her baby.

WBUR’s David Boeri first reported the story in December, when a judge ruled that the circumstances around the confession were coercive, and has since repeatedly tried to speak to Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme, who has not only supported his detective’s work, but even placed one of them in a new job — in the Internal Affairs Department where he investigates complaints of police wrongdoing.

Gemme’s only statement on the case came in December — in writing — after WBUR’s original broadcast of the story. On Wednesday, however, Boeri had an opportunity to speak with Gemme at a public meeting. He’ll join Radio Boston to discuss their exchange, and update us with the latest on the reaction in Worcester to the alleged coerced confession.

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  • David Boeri, reporter, WBUR.

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  • Oedipa

    Heard it this morning and then on Radio Boston. Why did it get more air time in the morning? It’s a compelling story, especially the follow-up regarding the police chief, which I was unaware of. Great job by David Boeri on this piece.

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