Postal carrier accused of spanking child
MANCHESTER - A mail carrier is accused of spanking a boy he let 'play house' inside his postal vehicle.
Frank Saucier, 43, of Tyngsboro, Mass., is charged with simple assault on a child, but detectives are continuing an investigation into allegations that from September 2011 through February 2012, he allowed several children inside his postal vehicle to 'play house.'
Saucier was a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier with a route on the city's West Side. Parents in the Amory Street neighborhood became suspicious of his behavior and on April 9 contacted police after learning of the children being inside the postal vehicle, according to police.
Detectives informed the USPS, which 'acted immediately' to remove Saucier from the route, according to Sgt. Craig Rousseau.
Saucier let several children 'play house' inside the vehicle between September 2011 and February 2012 when he would play the 'dad' and sometimes pretend to be driving the parked vehicle, according to Rousseau.
He is accused of spanking a 10-year-old boy on one of those occasions.
Rousseau said the children played inside the vehicle after they came home from school.
Tom Rizzo, USPS spokesman, said the agency does not comment on ongoing investigations. However, the agency's inspection service, its law enforcement arm, issued a statement saying it takes the allegations very seriously.
'This isolated incident is not representative of the honesty and integrity of postal employees serving our nation today. The Postal Inspection Service will continue to enforce the laws that protect and prevent the American people from criminal acts. Even with today's arrest, the individual charged is entitled to a presumption of innocence until he or she has been convicted in a court of law,' said Margaret Williams, national public information representative for the postal inspection service.
The investigation is continuing and police said Saucier could face additional charges.