Another State Trooper Sues, Alleging Conspiracy Regarding Altered Arrest Report of Massachusetts Judge’s Daughter

Printed from:

BOSTON — Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon is now retiring after a federal lawsuit surfaced alleging he and others at the top of command ordered a state trooper to alter the arrest report of the daughter of a Dudley District Court judge, but the development is apparently not the end of the legal imbroglio.

On Friday a second state trooper involved in creating the original arrest report for 30-year-old Alli Bibaud, daughter of Judge Timothy Bibaud, slapped McKeon, Major Susan Anderson, and others with a similar federal lawsuit.

State Trooper Ali Rei’s complaint, filed Friday in Massachusetts U.S. District Court, makes clear, however, that “a number of John/Jane Does” were also allegedly involved in scrubbing various incriminating and embarrassing details from Ali Bibaud’s report, include “members of the Worcester County district attorney’s offices, and others.”

Rei’s lawsuit does not name Judge Bibaud, but his professional background includes a 20-year stint working in the Worcester district attorney’s office prior to being successfully nominated for a judgeship by Governor Deval Patrick in 2010.  

The original saga involving State Trooper Ryan Sceviour, who claims higher-ups in the State Police conspired to order him to redact details from his October 16 arrest of Ali Bibaud, was first reported on October 26 by the Worcester-based blog Turtleboy Sports. The blog’s reporting drew other major media outlets to the story, and days after Sceviour filed his lawsuit on November 7, Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed that their offices would be investigating the matter.

Sceviour in his lawsuit recalled that he included various details pertinent to Ali Bibaud’s arrest, including the fact she offered him sex in return for leniency, explained without any prompting that she offered sexual favors in order to land the heroin reported in her possession, and told Sceviour that her father happens to be a judge.

Sceviour claims that Anderson ordered him and his supervising officer to sign off on a redacted version of his original report, one which excludes details about Bibaud’s alleged propositioning and how she allegedly acquired her heroin.

Sceviour, who works out of the State Police’s barracks in Holden, first encountered Bibaud after responding to a car accident on Interstate 190 in Worcester. Bibaud plowed her car into another vehicle and failed a field sobriety test, according to police. According to Sceviour, Bibaud volunteered that she is a heroin addict, and a search of her car yielded baggies and syringes. A measuring of Bibaud’s blood-alcohol content, taken in Holden, registered 0.222 and 0.224 percent, nearly thrice the legal limit, according to police.

Rei, a drug recognition expert, recalled in her lawsuit working with Sceviour once Bibauld was brought inside the Holden barracks. Like Sceviour, Rei claims that two days after filing Bibaud’s arrest report, she was ordered to speak to Anderson regarding the arrest of “a judge’s daughter.”

Anderson reportedly told Rei that the order to redact portions of Bibaud’s arrest report were coming from McKeon and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett. Bennett, a Baker appointee, has not been specifically named in any of the lawsuits and has denied any involvement.

McKeon, who met with Baker on Thursday, announced his retirement from the State Police on Friday, the day Rei filed her lawsuit.

Soon after Turtleboy Sports’ initial report, Worcester Magazine reached out to Judge Bibauld, who denied any involvement in efforts to whitewash his daughter’s arrest report. Last week, however, Judge Bibauld refused to comment to reporters.

Rei claims, like Sceviour, she refused to alter Bibaud’s arrest report, risking punishment. Her lawsuit also references claims from Turtleboy Sports that Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early’s office was in cahoots with McKeon and others to change the Bibaud report.

Meanwhile, Worcester Magazine editor Walter Bird Jr., to whom Judge Bibauld dismissed claims he played any role in the altering of his daughter’s arrest report, published a column Saturday in which he professes his belief in Judge Bibaud’s denial.

According to Bird, Early has also flatly denied that his office played any role in ordering the changing of the report.

“On Saturday, after he took part in Veterans’ Day services at the Vietnam War Memorial at Greenhill Park in Worcester, Early also adamantly denied asking anyone to change the report,” Bird wrote. “And Bibaud, he said, never asked him to make such a request.”

“So, did McKeon, on the strength of a 30-year-or-so friendship with Tim Bibaud do something he doesn’t ordinarily do and order those below him to take out what comments he may not have considered relevant to the legal proceedings?”

Read Rei’s lawsuit:

2017-11-10 Rei v McKeon Et Al by Evan on Scribd