DA Ryan: Addiction Can't Be Used To Excuse Actions By Disgraced ADA
Jan 19, 2015 10:56AM
By Bill Gilman
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan
Former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Gilpatric will not serve jail time after reaching a plea agreement on bribery and corruption charges last week.
On Friday, Gilpatric pled guilty to charges of Unlawful Gratuity, Unlawfully Communicating Criminal Offender Record Information, and Receiving Unlawful Compensation. Judge Kimberly Budd sentenced Gilpatric to 30 months in prison. However, the sentence is suspended with five years supervised probation.
Gilpatric has admitted to having an addiction to oxycodone that cost him hundreds of dollars a week. As part of an effort to fuel that habit, he gave confidential information he had access to as an ADA, to his drug dealer in exchange for oxycodone pills. These exchanges took place in October, 2011, according to former Attorney General Martha Coakley.
The information that allegedly changed hands included a Board of Probation record, a photograph, a police report, and other personal information. Coakley said Gilpatric also gave his drug dealer an organizational chart of a drug ring and a criminal record, hoping to get additional pills.
The AG’s investigation has no evidence to suggest Gilpatric ever provided information related to any criminal cases he was personally investigating or prosecuting.
Additionally, in August 2011, Gilpatric made an agreement with a woman to help get her son’s commercial driver’s license back, which was revoked following a guilty plea in a criminal case, in exchange for $1,500.
Middlesex County DA Marian Ryan said that while she sympathizes with Gilpatric's battle with drug addiction, his actions cannot be excused.
“While it may be true that addictions lead people to make bad decisions and that addictions occur in people in all walks of life, people who have the privilege of serving as Assistant District Attorneys hold positions of trust and have no excuse for releasing confidential information," said Ryan. "Every Assistant District Attorney in this office is fully aware that in no situation, under no circumstances, and under no amount of personal stress, may he or she release confidential information to anyone not authorized to receive it.”
Gilpatric served as an Assistant District Attorney from November 2007 until October 2014, when the AG’s Office began an investigation.
Under the conditions of probation, Gilpatric will be subject to random drug testing, drug evaluation and treatment as warranted by the evaluation, and will be prohibited from being employed with or for any law enforcement personnel or agency.
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