Springfield police officer has bail revoked over alleged Facebook friend request

  • Springfield police officer Dushaine K. Goffe appeared in Northampton District Court on Dec. 29, 2017. He was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, strangulation or suffocation and malicious damage to a motor vehicle. (Dave Roback / The Republican)

Published: 1/26/2018 2:02:13 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A Springfield police officer who allegedly assaulted a woman in Northampton while off-duty last month had his bail revoked Friday morning and was sent to jail.

Dushaine K. Goffe, 36, of Hatfield, pleaded not guilty on Dec. 26 in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, strangulation or suffocation and malicious damage to a motor vehicle. 

Goffe appeared in the same district court Friday morning on a charge that he violated an abuse prevention order which was taken out by the alleged victim in the December incident. 

Judge W. Michael Goggins revoked Goffe’s bail in the December case and imposed a “nominal bail” on the alleged violation of the abuse prevention order. Goffe allegedly sent a Facebook friend request to the woman.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Marie Angers told the judge that the woman received a Facebook friend request from an account under the name of Ryan Rayne, which contains pictures of Goffe as well as biographical information. Angers told the court that although it may not seem like a significant violation to the court, it was a very significant violation to the woman.

“It is clear he is not taking the case before the court seriously,” Angers said.

Defense attorney Marlene Morin argued that Goffe has been in compliance with the conditions of his release and that the woman’s credibility is questionable. Morin explained that the woman signed a statement of facts about the Dec. 26 incident but gave a different account when questioned in court during Goffe’s dangerousness hearing. 

Morin added that while there were pictures of the Facebook profile in the court file, there was no photo of the friend request that was allegedly sent.

“The conditions of release are keeping her safe. No danger is imposed,” Morin said.

Goggins found Goffe dangerous in December but released him on a series of conditions including that he live with his uncle in Springfield, be placed on GPS monitoring, abide by a restraining order obtained by the alleged victim in the case and stay out of Northampton, except for court appearances, as well as Hadley and Amherst — the towns where the woman lives and works.

Goffe’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.

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