Holyoke police officer pleads not guilty to indecent assault charges


Holyoke police officer Baron Maruca
Holyoke police officer Baron Maruca appears in Northampton District Court Friday, April 28, 2017 for his arraignment on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person older than 14. At right is his attorney, Joan Dietz.

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke police officer pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Northampton District Court to two charges of indecent assault and battery stemming from an incident reported to have occurred on March 17 in Holyoke.

The officer, Baron Maruca, is charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person older than age 14.

Judge W. Michael Goggins ordered Maruca released on personal recognizance pending his next court appearance on June 8. As a condition of his release, Maruca was ordered to have no contact with the person filing the complaint against him.

Little information on the events leading to the complaint were made available.

Both Maruca’s lawyer, Joan Dietz, and the prosecutor, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Becky Michaels, agreed to waive a reading of the complaint in open court.

Also prior to the arraignment, Dietz filed a motion with the court to impound the complaint, as well as any personal information about Maruca including his home address and telephone number. She requested that consideration because of Maruca’s position as a police officer.

Goggins agreed and issued an impoundment order on Thursday.

Maruca is a 7-year veteran of the Holyoke Police Department.

Holyoke Police Chief James M. Neiswanger was unable to be reached for comment Friday morning.



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