Sandra Birchmore death and obituary, Sexual relationship between Stoughton police officer Cause Of Death
Stoughton Police Chief said Friday that an internal investigation found “serious misconduct” by three former officers in an inappropriate relationship with a teenager who later died.
Former officer Matthew Farwell began dating Sandra Birchmore when she was 27 when she was only 15, according to Chief Donna McNamara .
Farwell met Birchmore in 2010, when she was 13, as an instructor for the Police Department’s Young Explorers Program.
Investigations revealed that two other Stoughton police officers – including Matthew’s twin brothers William Falwell and Robert Devine – also communicated inappropriately with Birchmore over the next few years.
Birchmore was found dead at her Canton home in February 2021, just days after Matthew Farwell ended the relationship.
The Boston Globe reported that she was pregnant at the time and committed suicide.
McNamara revealed the results of the internal investigation at a news conference Friday morning, saying as an officer she was “heartbroken” and “disgusted” by what happened.
A fourth officer, whom she did not identify, is still serving as an officer in another city, the chief said.
She added that the department’s police chief had been informed of the officer’s involvement.
A fifth person serving as a military recruiter was also identified during the investigation and the “appropriate chain of command” was notified, the chief said.
McNamara said the Stoughton Police Department recommended that the state permanently revoke the men’s police licenses to ensure “they’ll never be police officers anywhere.”
All three men have since resigned from the Stoughton Police Department, and McNamara said the findings were forwarded to the county attorney’s office for possible criminal charges.
“We take an oath to protect and serve our community and its people,” the chief said.
“I stand before you today, as an officer heartbroken and outraged by what happened, I promise that this chapter for the Stoughton Police Department and the City of Stoughton is over.”
“Those who wear the badge in this community will work to regain the trust of our citizens,” she added.