The city’s acting police commissioner has begun the process to terminate an officer who is facing 31 criminal charges including child rape.
The Springfield Police Department announced on Tuesday that Acting Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood has started the termination process of Officer Daniel Cintron.
Cintron is facing charges from separate off-duty incidents. He was indicted on 31 criminal charges including child rape with force in July 2018. Cintron was immediately put on unpaid administrative leave after he was indicted on those charges by a Hampden County grand jury.
“I will not continue to a carry an officer with such serious charges on my roster,” Acting Commissioner Clapprood stated in a news release to 22News. “All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but these charges are so egregious that I don’t believe he could ever serve the public in the capacity of a police officer.”
According to the police department, Cintron was already on unpaid leave since September 2017, after he was arrested for an August 2017 incident, where he was charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery and witness intimidation.
Cintron is also facing charges from the Chicopee Police Department.
Clapprood “will continue to review past discipline of police officers and work with the Labor Relations Department to see if further action should or can be taken,” the police department said.
The termination process will include a hearing for Cintron, which has not been scheduled yet.