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Worcester police officer accused of assaulting woman while on duty

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Investigators in Worcester spent Tuesday night arresting one of their own after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.

Rajat Sharda is accused of assaulting the woman in Bancroft Park in August 2013.

According to reports Sharda was checking the park after it was closed when he came across the woman.

He reportedly asked the woman what she would be willing to do to avoid arrest.

Sharda allegedly exposed himself and sexually assaulted the woman, he is also charged with stealing a blanket she had with her.

“I can say the officer was working that evening. He was in uniform in a marked cruiser, I can’t get into specifics on what occurred because the investigation is still on-going,” Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said.

The 32-year-old officer faces five serious charges including aggravated rape, extortion by a police officer and witness intimidation.

A lawyer for Sharda said the officer denies all of the charges and that he was simply in the park investigating why the woman was there after hours. Sharda also told his lawyer the woman was not alone.
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