SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – George Perrot became a free man last week- following decades in prison for a rape he says he did not commit. But he is already in trouble with the law again, after failing a drug test. The defense, however, says it’s not what it seems.
Perrot was in Hampden Superior Court Tuesday to answer to accusations he violated his conditions of release. After recently checking-in with a probation officer, that officer tested Perrot for drugs, and he tested positive for marijuana.
The prosecution argued that Judge Constance Sweeney should impose tighter conditions of release against Perrot, saying he failed to meet his existing conditions on his first checkup.
The defense countered, however, that the probation officer had no reason to drug test him. Furthermore, Perrot’s attorney said that her client only tested positive because he had smoked marijuana while he was still in prison. She said he had not done so since being released, but the drug is still in his system at this time.
Sweeney agreed with the prosecution, and set new terms of release for Perrot.
Perrot had been convicted in 1992 of a 1985 break-in and rape at the home of an elderly Springfield resident. The victim refused to identify Perrot as her attacker, saying he did not match the description. He was, however, convicted largely on an FBI agent’s testimony on a microscopic hair found in connection with the rape. A judge in New Bedford found the evidence to be flawed, and ordered Perrot released pending a new trial.
It is not clear at this time whether Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni will seek to re-try the case.