DEDHAM (CBS) – A Dedham Police officer has been charged in connection with the mysterious disappearance of an Avon man.
On New Year’s Day, 37-year-old James Robertson was picked up at his Avon home by two men with handguns who displayed law enforcement badges. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Dedham Police Officer Michael Schoener, 40, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly providing the badge, holster and handcuffs used in the kidnapping.
Schoener was arraigned in Norfolk District Court on charges of accessory before kidnapping. Prosecutors say he handed his police gear over to James Feeney, a man he allegedly bought pills from. Two other men then allegedly used the items to kidnap Robertson.
Forty-six-year-old Scott Morrison of Norfolk and 45-year-old Alfred Ricci of Canton were arrested in May and charged in the alleged kidnapping. They have pleaded not guilty.
Schoener is a nine-year veteran of the Dedham Police Department. He is being held on $5,000 bail and has been placed on leave.
Robertson, who remains missing, was on probation at the time of his disappearance. The men who allegedly kidnapped Robertson said they were taking him to Dedham for a surprise probation-related drug testing, and would bring him home afterward.
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