STOW, Mass. — Video posted on online Sunday purports to show the police chief of Stow, Massachusetts being caught trying to meet a minor for sex.
The YouTube channel is ‘Predator Poachers Massachusetts,’ the user is a vigilante activist who posts videos of men he has caught in ‘to catch a predator’ type schemes.
Breaking911 has not independently confirmed that the man in the video is indeed Police Chief Ralph Marino. Although, on Saturday, Marino was ‘relieved of his duties,’ the city said in a statement. The town’s police department’s Facebook page has since been taken down.
From the town of Stow:
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, representatives of the State Police met with Stow Police Chief Ralph “Rusty” Marino at the Stow police department. After that meeting, Chief Marino placed himself on indefinite administrative leave and named Sgt. Darren Thraen as Acting Chief. Chief Marino has been relieved of all duties.
The Town of Stow and its police department will cooperate fully in any investigation of Chief Marino or any other matters. There is no reason to believe that the activities being investigated involve or concern the operations of the Stow Police Department. We refer all inquiries to the State Police.
Watch the video below.