A Quinsigamond Community College police officer is now under house arrest after an assault with a fellow officer. On January 31, Sgt. Mark A. Brooks allegedly assaulted and epper sprayed Officer Andrea Prinsen.
According to the alleged victim, Brooks burst into a rage after his fellow officer did not back him up when he was investigating a suspicious car. Prinsen testified that Brooks choked her, pepper sprayed her, took her cellphone and car keys. When police arrived they observed physical signs that she had been pepper sprayed.
Brooks was found to be a danger to Officer Andrea Prinsen after a two day hearing in Worcester District Court. A dangerousness hearing is an evidentiary hearing conducted before a judge. It may be conducted upon the request of the prosecutor if the defendant has committed certain crimes. The defendant has a right to cross examine the prosecutor’s witnesses as well as present his own evidence. A judge must make the final determine if the person is dangerous and if they are then if they should be held without bail for up to ninety days before trial. The judge may also set any conditions short of holding the person in jail.
In this case, the judge set bail at $10,000, place him under house arrest with a GPS and ordered Brooks to stay away from the victim. Should he violate any of the terms of release he may lose the cash bail that was posted and be placed in jail pending trial.
Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney in Boston. Attorney Donovan is committed to providing the best criminal defense. Attorney Donovan has represented people charged with both felony and misdemeanor crimes in Massachusetts