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State Police Veteran Charged with Soliciting Prostitute, Trying to Evade Police

Efrain Montanez, 50, of Salem, tried to pick up an alleged prostitute in Lynn, said State Police.

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.

ME December 18, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Oh ya. He is suffering the social humiliation and possible loss of career and marriage, like any of us would. But, any of us without state police union backing, might remain in jail until in front of a judge, for threatening a police officer with a deadly weapon.This kindly little act would have gotten anyone else beaten bloody. I know first hand he will be out, if he is not already. Furthermore, for this "minor" offense they will make it appear as though they are being stern but this creep will get off because his squeaky clean 27 year record shows he has never been at least caught, before this event. The not so funny thing seems to be that the more serious offenses are dismissed with a quick "internal investigation" where they get to be the judge and jury in their own internal "trial". These always get swept under the rug somehow someway.
ME December 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Oh ya. He is suffering the social humiliation and possible loss of career and marriage, like any of us would. But, any of us without state police union backing, might remain in jail until in front of a judge, for threatening a police officer with a deadly weapon.This kindly little act would have gotten anyone else beaten bloody. I know first hand he will be out, if he is not already. Furthermore, for this "minor" offense they will make it appear as though they are being stern but this creep will get off because his squeaky clean 27 year record shows he has never been at least caught, before this event. The not so funny thing seems to be that the more serious offenses are dismissed with a quick "internal investigation" where they get to be the judge and jury in their own internal "trial". These always get swept under the rug somehow someway.
ME December 18, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Ok let me try one more time without possible censorship. Police should be held to a higher standard and should withstand harsher penalties for blatantly breaking the law!
ME December 19, 2011 at 01:33 AM
For fleeing from police and threatening an officer's safety, he should get something more than what he will wind up getting. This can not be the first and only thing he has done. Also as far as I am concerned, he deserves to lose his pension. He tarnished his own career. I am sure he would not be looking for lenience if he were the arresting officer and it were a civilian. He wold not be concerned with what damages are done to the "criminal". If one is so willing to enforce the rules, they should not be so shocked when they have them thrown at them. This following link will lead you to an interesting story where if I remember correctly all of the police were exonerated and it was declared that the man had a previous heart condition. http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/11/driver_police_b.html
Olivia Pednes December 19, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Wow so much prostitution that makes me sick. They shut down craigslist so why are they allowing sites like backpage and http://www.classivox.com to stay open? I just don't get it...

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