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Former Royalton Officer Indicted

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 10/20/2017 12:02:43 AM
Modified: 10/20/2017 12:08:59 PM

Burlington — A federal grand jury indicted former Royalton police officer John Breault on Thursday on three felony charges in connection with drugs reportedly stolen from the police station’s evidence locker over the summer.

The indictment charges Breault, 31, of Randolph, with two counts of heroin distribution on July 14 and the weekend of July 22-23, and one count of marijuana distribution on July 8.

No date has been set for an arraignment in U.S. District Court.

Breault initially was charged last month in a criminal compliant with only the July 22-23 heroin distribution count. The complaint alleges he gave the heroin to an opioid addict with whom he had a sexual relationship and originally had met while they attended Randolph Union High School. Her name is not provided in court records.

He was scheduled to have a probable cause hearing on the single charge last Friday, but his defense lawyer, Robert Katims, of Burlington, sent the court a letter waiving it. Katims, who did not explain his reason for waiving the hearing, didn’t respond to a phone message after the indictment was returned on Thursday.

Breault appeared briefly on Sept. 22 in federal court in Burlington for an initial hearing when named in the original complaint. Katims told reporters after the September hearing that Breault did not use drugs and was not peddling them on the street.

“The allegation is that he had a serious lapse of judgment and that he helped out a friend, who was a drug addict,” Katims said. “John’s resigned from the police department and he understands there will be other consequences, and we are here today to begin that process.”

The case began to unfold in September when the woman, who says she stopped using drugs in late August, began speaking with the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, court records show.

The complaint said Breault also allowed her to obtain narcotics deposited in the police department’s drug take-back box, which lets citizens surrender medications that no longer are needed. Breault later said he feared his nine-year police career would come to an end if the woman told her ex-spouse.

Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy released Breault on conditions, including that he not possess any guns, after the September hearing.

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