A 27-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police officer was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to pick up a suspected prostitute in Lynn.
Efrain Montanez, 50, of Salem, picked up the alleged prostitute between Union and Blake streets, near Central Square, according to State Police.
Lynn Police spotted the incident and approached the vehicle to find Montanez engagaed in a sexual act with Katelyn Pumphret, 23, who is believed to be homeless with a last known address in Winthrop, said State Police.
When an officer showed Montanez his badge, the Salem man reportedly put his truck, which is Montanez’s department-issued unmarked cruiser, in reverse and accelerated forward to get away. This caused one of the Lynn officers to put his hands on the truck and push himself away so he wouldn’t get hit, said State Police.
Lynn Police followed the vehicle and Pumphret reportedly exited the vehicle at Washington and Broad streets. After dropping off Pumphret, Montanez continued to evade police and ran a stop sign, said State Police.
Lynn Police ultimately pulled over Montanez at Nahant and Lynn Shore Drive. Police placed him into custody and charged him with unnatural acts; assault with a dangerous weapon (the vehicle); failure to stop for police; and stop sign violation.
Montanez was off duty at the time of the arrest. In light of the arrest, the State Police relieved Montanez of duty this morning. State Police took his badge and department firearm.
The Salem man was bailed out and is expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court today. State Police have also scheduled a hearing to amend Montanez’s duty status and the Internal Affairs Section will open an investigation.
In a statement, David Procopio, State Police spokesman, said, “ The actions of Montanez as alleged in the Lynn Police report are an outrageous breach of duty and a violation of the public trust. Montanez’s behavior, as alleged, is an utter embarrassment to the department and the overwhelming majority of troopers who wear the badge with integrity and honor. The department has no tolerance for such conduct and will take appropriate action.
“We are grateful that no Lynn Police officer suffered serious injury and we thank the Lynn officers for their restraint in last night’s incident,” he said.