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Suspended Medford police officer has long history of trouble

Posted by Matt Byrne  March 7, 2011 10:04 AM

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The police officer suspended by the Medford mayor last week has a long history of disciplinary problems, according to information provided by the city.

Gregory M. Hudson, 55, was disciplined five times by the department before his latest nine-month unpaid suspension, handed down Thursday by Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, for an August 2010 arrest for soliciting a prostitute in Lynn.

The punishment was meted out in a "last-chance agreement," McGlynn said in a phone interview.

"Is he going to be on tip-toes? Yes," McGlynn said. "This agreement is a very severe agreement. He's waived all rights [in] any further incident, which he would be terminated for immediately. If there is any violation of any rule or regulation of the Police Department, or any conduct I would deem unbecoming, he has waived his rights to any civil service arbitration or court appeal."

The mayor said Hudson, the city, and the police union were required to sign off on the agreement, a copy of which was not provided to the Globe.

Hudson was arrested Aug. 20 during a sting operation in Lynn for soliciting a prostitute. He admitted to sufficient facts in Lynn District Court Aug. 27 and his case was continued without a finding, according to court records.

The plea, which indicates neither an admission of guilt or innocence, gave Hudson six months to stay out of trouble before he would be free of criminal liability.

He has been on paid administrative leave since the charges, according to City Solicitor Mark Rumley.

Hudson's first disciplinary matter came in 1993, and was followed by two more issues in 1996, before a 1999 arrest for domestic assault, Rumley said, although details of those incidents, which were handled within the department and did non involve the civil service hearing process, were unavailable.

In an e-mail message, Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr. declined to comment on the suspension.

"I do not have a copy of the Last Chance Agreement, I was not consulted and I have not seen the contents of the agreement," he wrotel.

Hudson was also disciplined again in 2006, but details of those incidents were not released, and a request for records was not answered immediately today.

The criminal charge against Hudson in the 1999 assault case, in which Hudson's wife alleged that her husband choked her, was disposed of in Somerville District Court after he served six months pretrial probation.  

For that arrest, Hudson was suspended without pay for five tours of duty, Rumley said. A tour refers to one day's shift, which typically runs about eight hours, he said.

In interviews, McGlynn and Rumley also detailed provisions of his current suspension. Hudson has begun drug counseling, Rumley said, and will be required to submit to random drug screenings for two years after the conclusion of the counseling program.

According to payroll records supplied to the Globe, Hudson earned $94,257 in Fiscal 2010.

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