WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — An officer suspended from the Woonsocket Police Department has been convicted of physically abusing his young sister while she was in his care.
Patrick Cahill, 25, of Woonsocket, was found guilty on one count of second-degree child abuse, according to the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
Prosecutors proved that in August of 2012, Cahill physically abused his 9-year-old sister. She immediately told her mother about the abuse, who then reported the incident to Woonsocket police.
“We alleged to the court that he in fact choked his sister,” Kilmartin said. “The judge, who conducted a jury-waived trial, did the fact-finding, concurred, and found him guilty.”
Cahill has been on unpaid administrative leave since his arrest. He’s due in court for sentencing Dec. 8.
“What’s most troubling about this case is that Mr. Cahill was a sworn police officer for the Woonsocket Police Department,” added Kilmartin. “This is a person who was sworn to uphold the law, to protect children like this, arrest people who abuse children, and he in fact did it.”
The Woonsocket Police Department declined to comment on the matter.