PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Suspended Providence police officer Scott Logan pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor cyber harassment and disorderly conduct charges connected to text messages he sent to his doctor on Monday.
Logan, 45, was arrested in Johnston Wednesday afternoon and is now being held as a bail violator from an illegal gun charge against him from August. His bail on the new charges was set at $5,000 with surety and he did not waive his right to a jury trial, moving this case to Superior court.
It was the third arrest since August and the second arrest in less than a week for the 20-year veteran who is now accused of sending two separate series of threatening text messages. The Providence Police Department suspended Logan without pay in August after he was indicted for possessing a handgun with an unreadable serial number.
The affidavit for the arrest warrant for the new charge states Logan’s texts were sent to his doctor Monday morning. On Tuesday, the doctor told police Logan was upset when he would not provide prescription medication for the officer.
According to the document, Johnston police allege Logan threatened the doctor and his family with several text messages after being told he would have to get the prescription from a mental health clinician. The type of medication that was sought is not mentioned in the affidavit.
“You cross me, you pay the price. Keep a close watch on your loved ones too,” Logan allegedly texted to the doctor. “The only trouble I will be in is when I snap your neck like a turkey bone.”
Target 12 talked to the doctor named in the affidavit but he said he could not comment about the threats. The affidavit states that the doctor told police Logan was his patient for three years but had never “displayed this violent behavior.”
Logan is now locked up without bail, but will not be housed with other inmates. Department of Corrections spokesperson Susan Lamkins said high profile offenders who may be at risk are jailed separately from the general population.
During his bail hearing on Thursday, the court ordered Logan to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations.
Last week, Logan turned himself in and was arraigned on three counts of threats to public officials in connection with what police alleged were threatening text messages. According to that arrest warrant affidavit, Logan named a total of five officers in text messages to a patrolman who police said reported the incident to the officers mentioned in the texts.
The affidavit states Logan texted “you don’t know the aggravation and damage they have to my life (sic) they will pay.” That line was followed by the names of the three officers he’s accused of threatening.
Among the other statements in the four paragraphs of messages, Logan states twice that “they’re on my hit list” and also texted “they better watch for her (expletive) families.”
In August Logan was indicted on one count of altering marks of identification on a firearm, about a month after a Colt .380 with an unreadable serial number was found in his bag. Logan told Providence police that his ex-girlfriend gave him the gun to turn into police, but he said he forgot to do that. Logan said he left the gym back on his police car and drove off. The bag was turned in to central station by a civilian. Logan was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to the gun charge.
His attorney John Lynch Jr. told Target 12 he cannot comment at this time about the pending cases.