Biddeford City Council Meeting Erupts: Protestors Call For Resignations Over Sex Abuse Scandal
Last night's city council meeting in Biddeford was one for the books.
Over the last few months, allegations of sexual abuse that allegedly took place in the 1990s have surfaced publicly for the first time. The accused police officer is now retired and living in Florida.
Victims say it has taken enormous courage and willpower to stand up and talk about what they say happened. Now, they're claiming that the city, local leaders, the local police, and state investigators aren't doing enough to bring the officer to justice.
Victims and residents have called for Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre and others to be put on administrative leave while the state attorney general's office conducts its investigation.
Other residents and protestors Tuesday night chanted "step down, step down," as they called for the resignation of city leaders due to their handling of these events.
Mayor Alan Casavant and city officials have stayed on script, repeating that they are not allowed to comment on an open investigation, or about past personnel employed by the city, but many say that's not enough. The Maine attorney general's office has confirmed that they are investigating a case of sexual abuse from the 1990s, but they also have repeatedly declined to offer any more details.