Chicopee Police Officer Accused of Indecent Assault and Battery in Holyoke Incident

Officer Jacek Wanat(Chicopee Police photo)

A Chicopee police officer faces three counts of indecent assault and battery after an incident in a Holyoke bar.

Officer Jacek Wanat was arraigned Tuesday in Holyoke District Court. He was released under the requirements he stay away from the victim and from Pic’s Place in Holyoke, remain alcohol free and surrender any firearms, according to court records.

The charges stem from an incident March 11 at Pic’s Place on Hampden Street, court records said. Little information about the accusation was available because Judge Maureen Walsh agreed to impound for 30 days the complaint filed by police on April 20.

The request was made by a prosecutor to protect the victim, court records said. After the 30 days the records will become public but the name of the victim will be redacted, court records said.

Wanat, who is also known as Jack, joined the Police Department in October 2015 after graduating from the Springfield Police Academy.

The graduation follows 6 months of rigorous training at the Springfield Police Academy.

“The chief is aware of it and is cooperating with the investigation,” said Michael Wilk, police public information officer.

Police Chief William R. Jebb has placed Wanat on paid administrative duty and working inside the police department while the case is being investigated. Wanat’s firearm was also taken away, Wilk said.

The case is being investigated by Holyoke and state police.

The Chicopee police internal affairs unit is also examining the incident, Wilk said. The alleged assault happened when Wanat was off duty and he was not wearing his uniform.

A Chicopee police officer accused of raping a woman at the Fort Devens base was attending National Guard training during the alleged incident, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday.

Wanat is the second Chicopee Police officer to be placed on leave after being accused of an assault.

Corey Fournier, 27, has been charged with two counts of rape and one count each of assault and battery and kidnapping. The officer is accused of raping a woman at the Fort Devens military base while attending National Guard training on March 3.

Fournier has been placed on administrative leave without pay and his service weapon and badge were confiscated upon his arrest.


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