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High ranking officer resigns, following inappropriate relationship

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By: Alexandra Cowley


One of the highest ranking officers with the Rhode Island State Police has resigned.

Disciplinary action was taken against 45 year old Lieutenant Colonel Wilfred K. Hill, the third highest ranking officer. He was demoted to Lieutenant on Thursday night, but handed in his resignation Friday Morning.

State police announced at a press conference Friday Afternoon that Hill had an inappropriate relationship with a young woman who was trying to get into the force.

Former Lt. Colonel Wilfred Hill spent 22 years with the Rhode Island State Police. He climbed to the top, becoming the 3rd highest ranking officer in the force. He's stripped of those titles after a destructive affair, and state police inernal investigation.

"Lt. Colonel Hill's inappropriate action resulted in his demotion and departure from the agency that he loved,"said Colonel Steven O'Donnell.

In August, Hill filed a restraining order against his ex–girlfriend of 2 years. He stated that after they split in March, she stalked him. In one case, following him home from work on 95 "playing a dangerous cat and mouse game."

In another instance, Hill claims the woman attempted to extort money from him in upwards of 11–thousand dollars to pay for her college.

Hill's restraining order was granted and weeks later, the woman filed a no contact order against him. She claimed Hill was the violent one.

Stating, "Wilfred has harmed me, leaving bruises on my body."

In one encounter the woman claims "He took his hand, wrapped it around my neck, and choked me."

That restraining order was denied because the burden of proof was not met.

Colonel O'Donnell said, "the investigation also revealed that there was not enough evidence to support a prosecution."

After dedicating more than two decades to serving the state of Rhode Island, the former Lt. Colonel's career is over.

"It was awful, it was the most difficult thing I've done in 30 years of law enforcement," said O'Donnell.


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