A 31-page scathing report reveals more than a dozen instances of abuse of power, according to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. It concluded that former Salisbury police Chief David Lâ€™Esperance, 50, not only exchanged drugs for sex, falsified police records and interfered with crime scenes and arrests. The report, conducted by former Salem police Chief Robert St. Pierre, also painted a picture of a chief described by his own officers as a â€œJekyll and Hydeâ€ character who ran the department through fear and intimidation.
On March 30, 2011 I was in court with Officer Rivet for five false charges brought forth by him in conjunction with Chief Holmes that had been DISMISSED - - - TWICE. (police officers get time and a half for a minimum of three hours each time they go to court. Moreover, it's been over two years since I filed a formal written complaint requesting an investigation into him, and that was before I knew he worked under L'Esperance in Salisbury an West Newbury at all times). After Officer Rivet LIED under oath about a number of things, the Clerk decided it should go to trial. Thus, I was arraigned, again, but most significant is the fact that if I get falsely charged with anything between now and my trial, I will go to jail for 60 days WITHOUT A HEARING. I then proceeded to go to an attorneyâ€™s office where we discussed the continuation of the pattern of West Newbury Police to continue the eleven year campaign of threatening my liberty and attempting to force me from the town, and various options were discussed of where to go from here so that I would not be incarcerated. All plans were put on hold when that evening, as I awaited news of a friend who was dying, my husband received the shocking news that his sister had three to four months to live. Plans were made to leave for New York forthwith, and that we would be doing so every weekend until her demise. I hope everyone is understanding of my lack of campaigning during this period. My sister-in-lawâ€™s wake, in NY, was the same night as Candidatesâ€™ Night, she did not make it through three to four weeks, let alone months.
The day before Candidatesâ€™ Night I spent ANOTHER day in court, the judge threatening me that I either had to get a lawyer or sign a waiver to my rights to a lawyer and that each of the five charges carries with is a two and a half year jail term. I signed the waiver stating that I wanted a lawyer but could not afford one and my application to be assigned a court appointed lawyer had been denied. I waited, as I had to, to go before the judge again, and when I did, he said he could not accept the waiver because I had written on it, and that I would have to come back on April 20, 2011 to sign it again. When I offered to sign another one right there and then he said no I would have to come back. He smirked.
Each time I go to court I wait hours and hours, paying attorneys for all this, while West Newbury Police get their time and a half and I get bankrupted. There is no more money for lawyers, and I can show hundreds of thousands of dollars for expenses for what these false charges have cost me over the years only to have EVERYTHING dismissed. What I canâ€™t show you is all the lies and things done by the police, in conjunction with the courts to destroy my family and me, unrelenting, that continue right up to the present, and the never ending paper trail of my begging selectmen to do something about the carnage of my family.
Selectmen at all times, including recently when FINALLY a meeting was scheduled to meet with the Chief, Town Counsel, and Chairman Atwood, turn a blind eye to the facts and the truth. Chief Lisa Holmes refused to attend only after it was scheduled pursuant to her availability, and I learned of this only when I showed up to the meeting with a stenographer and 3 cases worth of evidence to enter to selectmen in conjunction with the Chiefsâ€™ responses. This was on March 16, 2011.
Chief Lisa Holmes was David L'Esperance's superior for many years, and she did not stop his corrupt actions.