It's time to come clean Rep. Perry. You need to explain what happened to 16 year old Heather Adams when you were supervising fellow Wareham Police Officer Scott Flanagan the night of December 31, 1992. When Flanagan received two years in prison, why were you forced to resign from the department? It's time to stop hiding the truth, and it's time to start repenting for what happened to this innocent child for the sake of your constituents…
According to a July 19, 1994 Boston Globe Article by Judy Rakosky who covered this story, Heather Adams was a carefree 16-year-old until Dec. 31, 1992, when a Wareham police officer took her behind a dumpster and conducted an unlawful strip search, according to a civil suit filed in US District Court.
Former Police Officer Scott Flanagan admitted to criminal charges and was sentenced to a two-year prison term over the incident, but Adams has forfeited other freedoms, she claims in a court documents.
Since the search, the suit says, Adams has been racked by nightmares and unable to sleep alone. She gave up cheerleading rather than wear the requisite short skirt. She wears layers of clothing to conceal her figure and refuses to undress in front of anyone, the suit says. Her grades have suffered, and she has become a loner.
The suit seeks damages from Flanagan, and from his former supervisors, Sgt. Jeffrey D. Perry and Thomas A. Joyce, who, by the time the incident with Adams had occurred, knew about or should have known about three prior similar events, court documents say.
Adams' distress, according to the suit, stems from that New Year's Eve when Flanagan approached Adams and two friends outside a convenience store. Flanagan accused the girls of possessing marijuana, a charge they denied, turning their pockets inside out to prove it.
Flanagan pleaded guilty in May 1993 in Plymouth County Superior Court to attempted extortion, sexual assault and battery stemming from a May 1991 incident involving Lisa Allen, and to attempted extortion, open and gross lewdness and civil rights violations stemming from the Adams incident.
The suit says that Perry accompanied Flanagan to Adams' house that night and told her parents that she had been “found to have an oregano-like substance on her shirt, and that when she was confronted by the police officer she dropped her pants.”