Cop Watch

Monday, September 12, 2005

Off-duty officer arrested at rest area

SWANSEA -- An off-duty Fall River police lieutenant was arrested by state police yesterday at an Interstate 195 rest area on charges of indecent exposure and unnatural acts.

Eduardo M. Raposo, 47, of Swansea was arrested about 12:35 p.m. in the westbound rest area in Swansea, according to a state police spokeswoman.

Lt. Jeffrey Cardoza, the head of the Fall River Police Department's Professional Standards Division, said yesterday that Lt. Raposo has been suspended with pay, effective immediately.

Lt. Cardoza said an internal investigation will be conducted into the arrest and he expects the department to hold a press conference today.

The state police spokeswoman declined to provide the details of Lt. Raposo's arrest, saying it might jeopardize their case.

Lt. Raposo, who is assigned to the Fall River Police Department's Uniform Division, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Fall River District Court.