AUBURN, Mass. - Auburn Trooper Jason Willard, who was indicted last week by a Worcester Superior Court grand jury on charges of indecent assault and battery and open and gross lewdness, was suspended without pay today after his duty status hearing at State Police Headquarters, according to Dave Procopio, spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police.
The duration of his suspension is indefinite.
Willard was indicted Thursday in a case involving the sexual assault of an 18-year-old girl four years ago, the Worcester County District Attorney's office said.
The Worcester County Grand Jury handed up direct indictments of Willard, 38, of 19 Thayer Ave., Auburn. He is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person more than 14 and two counts of open and gross lewdness.
Willard, a state trooper for the past 10 years, works out of the Sturbridge barracks. He was relieved of duty Thursday night.
The case was investigated by the State Police detectives assigned to Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.
Willard will be arraigned Friday, Sept. 21, in Worcester Superior Court.
State Police Internal Affairs will continue to monitor the criminal proceedings and will conduct its own internal investigation into Willard’s conduct. The alleged incidents occurred while Willard was off-duty.