Woman accused of helping make false rape claims against Bristol police officer to elude prosecution

woman accused of helping make false rape claims against bristol police officer to elude prosecution - Woman accused of helping make false rape claims against Bristol police officer to elude prosecution

BRISTOL – A former city woman accused of helping another ex-resident make false rape accusations against a Bristol police officer has been granted a program to avoid being prosecuted. 

Heather Cole, 48, of Waterbury, was granted a diversionary program last week, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. According to online court records, if she’s successful in the program, her case will be dismissed on March 24, 2020. 

Cole allegedly lied to police during an internal affairs investigation that was prompted by a citizen’s complaint made by Janell Commeau, 25, formerly of Bristol, according to the arrest warrant in the case. Commeau alleged that a Bristol police officer regularly drugged and raped her when she resided in the city, the warrant said.

Cole faces charges of second-degree false statement, conspiracy to commit second-degree false statement, conspiracy to commit second-degree falsely reporting an incident and conspiracy to commit second-degree harassment. 

According to the arrest warrant, Commeau filed a citizen’s complaint against a Bristol police office in which she claimed that, between March and August 2017, he regularly stalked her, following her around the city in both his police cruiser and his personal vehicle. She also said the officer entered her then-Bristol home multiple times to drug and rape her, the warrant said. Additionally, she said the officer hacked her phone to he could listen to her.  

Police conducted an extensive internal affairs investigation, which proved all of Commeau’s allegations false and cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, according to the warrant. Police noted in the warrant that she filed a citizen’s complaint and a request for a restraining order against the officer after she became “romantically spurned” and “obsessed” with the victim. 

During the investigation, police spoke to a witness who reported seeing Commeau coaching Cole on what to say shortly before a hearing in New Britain Superior Court, where it would be determined if Commeau would be granted the restraining order. Had it been granted, the officer would not have been allowed to carry a gun, preventing him from working as a policeman.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 5 April 2019 16:11. Updated: Friday, 5 April 2019 16:13.

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