June 28--The rookie state trooper canned this week after a pair of incidents, including an accusation he was driving the wrong way on Memorial Drive, is weighing a lawsuit against the state police, his lawyer said, claiming one of the alleged offenses was nothing more than his client having an off-duty brew.
"They are considering legal action," attorney Daniel Moynihan said of the family of 29-year-old Adam Paicos, fired on Tuesday just three months after graduating from the state police academy. "He doesn't feel it's justified. That's why we may be pursuing a legal remedy. ... He's still digesting the last 24 hours."
State police spokesman David Procopio said Paicos was a probationary trooper who twice violated policy.
"We indisputably had the right to take the action we took," he said. "Period."
State police yesterday announced they canned Paicos and another trooper -- David Lemar -- saying there were no longer "fit to serve" the Bay State.
Authorities had been investigating Paicos, of Easton, following a pair of incidents in the past two months, including on April 3 when police said two troopers found Paicos, who was off duty, parked in a lot on Memorial Drive after he was allegedly driving the wrong way down the road. He was not cited, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing, Procopio said.
Then, in May, police said a veteran officer found Paicos engaged in conduct "unbecoming a state trooper," though they declined to provide details. Moynihan said his client, while off duty, was drinking a beer on his front lawn during a family cookout when a state trooper pulled up.
Lemar, the other trooper fired, had been on unpaid leave since December 2010 amid accusations he was involved with a chain of since-shuttered day spas authorities say served as a prostitution ring.
He hasn't been charged criminally in the probe of Terry Mussari, the Stoughton woman facing charges she pimped out her employees for cash "tips." But state cops say Lemar used state-issued equipment for non-job-related purposes, was not truthful and neglected his duties.
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