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Lawyers For Trooper Convicted Of Rape Not Pleased That Victim’s 2017 DUI Arrest Could Not Be Used Against Her

 

We have another State Police scandal on our hands….

Fired state trooper Robert A. Sundberg III was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 15 years in state prison for raping and abusing his ex-girlfriend, a fellow state trooper. In a tearful victim impact statement, Sundberg’s ex-girlfriend said that instead of upholding his sworn oath as a state trooper to protect the citizens of Massachusetts, Sundberg “abused his appointed powers of authority” and used them to manipulate and abuse her physically and emotionally. The victim said she debated “until the last hour” whether she would read her statement in court, ultimately deciding she needed to come before the judge to describe the effects of Sundberg’s crimes for closure. 

She described him as “remorseless” and a “predator,” and said she will likely need years of counseling to recover from the trauma she experienced. She said Sundberg was behind a false emergency call that led to her being investigated and placed under arrest for drunk driving. Through her own investigation she said she was able to find evidence that exonerated her from the unfounded arrest.

“I continue to live in fear that I will always have to look over my shoulder, and I don’t deserve that after he already tried to take my life,” she said.

Sundberg preyed upon and manipulated other women as a means to target and stalk her and attempt to stop her from testifying, she said.

Attorney Ed Ryan said he believes the victim statement and Kontz’s sentencing memo included many items that could not be considered in sentencing. Aloise said they also believe the court made legal errors in what evidence was allowed and what was not.

Obviously this is a sensitive issue, since it involves a rape conviction and the MSP, but I’m not quite sure the victim is really a victim here. And although he may in fact have made a lot of really poor life choices, quite frankly it seems as if he might have become a victim of #MeToo hysteria.

Sundberg broke up with his ex-girlfriend, Trooper Angela Guerrera, in 2016. She went scorched earth after that and reported the rape allegation. Interesting timing.

On January 23, 2017, Trooper Guerrer was arrested for an OUI.

Authorities say she had been spotted driving erratically in Maynard minutes before. She also allegedly ran a red light. A state police spokesman says Guerrera has been placed on administrative leave pending a formal status hearing. Guerrera is assigned to the state police Recruitment Section.

Now keep in mind she said this during her “victim impact” statement:

She said Sundberg was behind a false emergency call that led to her being investigated and placed under arrest for drunk driving. Through her own investigation she said she was able to find evidence that exonerated her from the unfounded arrest.

She investigated herself and found out that her arrest was unfounded. Because evidently the Acton Police did not in fact see her cross the yellow lines or run a red light. And when she attempted to use her position as a state trooper to get out of the arrest they arrested her anyway, which means she was really, really drunk. But nevertheless, she investigated herself and it turns out she was the victim because she believes he called the cops on her (as if that matters).

Here’s my question – if she was so “traumatized” from the rape, then why is she out partying? In her victim impact statement she said she would need “years of counseling to recover from the trauma she experienced.” But yet she’s out partying.

And the fact that she blamed him for making the phone call to Acton Police, and then called it a “false phone call,” further makes me believe we’re dealing with a woman who has no business being a state trooper.

Now this isn’t a defense of Sundberg. I have no idea whether or not he raped this woman, and from the sounds of their relationship it appears to be toxic and alcohol fueled. He divorced his wife for this woman, despite 11 years of marriage and three children who he will not see for 10 years now. Neither of them seems like they were worthy of being state troopers if the allegations are true. But this woman is being disingenuous, and has the motive to try to ruin his life.

Then there was this:

Attorney Ed Ryan said he believes the victim statement and Kontz’s sentencing memo included many items that could not be considered in sentencing. Aloise said they also believe the court made legal errors in what evidence was allowed and what was not.

What wasn’t allowed to be admitted as evidence and what was? Well, the Commonwealth clearly based their case on his character by bringing up allegations she made against him prior to the allege rape. But since she was the “victim” here, the follower history of her’s was not admissible, and his attorneys could not present them as evidence in order to cast doubts about her character:

  • Numerous troopers were willing to testify that her behavior was unprofessional outside of work AND at work, but none of them were allowed to be called
  • Sources tell us that her DUI was not allowed to be brought up during trial
  • Instead of being fired for the DUI she was reassigned to work as a state police liaison to the department of corrections. Sources tell us that credible allegations were made about her there, including inappropriate relationships with prisoners, but that she kept her job as a trooper in spite of this.
  • Sources tell us that she had previously falsely accused her ex-husband of similar types of abuse.
  • Sources tell us that she was reassigned to the sex crimes division and is well versed on how to present testimony in a way that is more likely to end up in a conviction, especially since his defense attorneys could not attack her glaring character flaws.

The ADA in this case was Suzanne Koontz, a younger woman who seems to have made a name for herself by pursuing domestic violence cases against men. She previously went after the Chief of Police of Waltham in 2012, pursuing him on several charges but only get a conviction on one, resulting in probation. He died the next year at home, but it does not list the cause of death. Usually that means one thing.

This case was right up her alley then, and since I’ve recently been threatened with malicious prosecution for a crime I never committed by a feminist/activist ADA (Suffolk County’s Margaret Hegarty), I find it completely plausible that any ADA is willing to sacrifice a potentially innocent person (especially a cop) in order to advance her career.

I also find it completely plausible that the MSP would actively cover up and protect a female trooper, since they’ve done it before. The bigger story here is why another troubled state trooper remains on the job, despite a past history of criminal behavior and substance abuse. Leigha Genduso was given a free pass not only because she knew a lot of the right people, but because it’s good optics for the MSP to parade around an attractive young woman. It’s double the good then if it’s a Latina woman, like Guerrera. The MSP has a reason to want to keep her on board, and the fact that she has victimized herself makes it even harder for them to get rid of her.

Since her arrest she has suffered virtually no punishment. The State Police use her as a token at job fairs, like the one she was at just five months ago in Devens.

Last summer the Boston Herald interviewed her when she was doing detail security for the fireworks.

Keep in mind, this was after she was already arrested for DUI.

She also participated in a “women in leadership” conference at Fitchburg High School.

The last thing the State Police would want to do in the era of #MeToo is fire a woman who claimed to be a rape victim.

We are told that there are plenty of State Police who can offer us more information on this story, including the allegations that have been levied against Trooper Guerrero. Dozens of troopers have been arrested for stealing overtime money, five of the highest ranking members of the MSP resigned as a result of Biblowgate, and no one was ever held responsible for hiring drug dealing former state trooper Leigha Genduso. The institution of the State Police do not deserve the benefit of the doubt because they have not earned it. Charlie Baker granted his blessings for a female Colonel and we were told that all is well now. But as long as they continue to employ criminals the public should be skeptical.

If you are a trooper who wants to anonymously reach out to us with information about this, send us an email to turtleboysports@gmail.com, or use a burner Facebook page and message TBNews. We are trying to obtain court transcripts from this trial but Lowell District Court says they can’t provide them to us. Stay tuned for more….

 

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