Cop Arrested on Eight Counts of Child Rape will likely face more Rape Charges

Ben Keller

An Illinois cop arrested Thursday eight counts of raping a child under 14 with force will likely face more rape charges.

Springfield cop Daniel Cintron, who was already on unpaid suspension for unarmed robbery, assault, and battery, and witness intimidation, was also charged with five counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and five counts of witness intimidation Thursday — in addition to eight counts of child rape.

Monson Police Chief Stephen Kozloski says Cintron is now being considered a person of interest for similar crimes in Chicopee and a warrant could be executed on him for more rape charges as soon as next week.

Chicopee Police spokesman Officer Mike Wilk confirmed charges are pending against Cintron and said Chicopee will apply for an arrest warrant after their investigation is complete.

Clintron was already suspended from the Springfield Police Department, without pay, after an alleged clash outside the Eastfield Mall between Cintron, his friend and three teenagers.

In 2015, Matthew Mattoon, Cintron's friend, who was also charged in the incident, allegedly punched a 15-year-old after the teen sent Mattoon's sister an inappropriate text.

Court records say Mattoon also took the teen's cell phone.

"You're lucky I didn't let Matt kill you. He's an ex-con, and I would have done nothing about it," Cintron then told the boy, according to police reports.

Cintron, who was dressed in camouflage and armed with a knife, was off-duty at the time.

Cintron appeared in court on Friday after being arrested at his residence hours earlier to be arraigned on 18 criminal counts at Springfield District Court and ordered to be held without bail.

"One victim who is 9 years old disclosed that when she was 6 Daniel Cintron began to touch her in an inappropriate manner," a May 17 police report reads.

A woman appeared in court to seek anti-abuse and stay-away orders on behalf of two minor victims involved in Cintron's case.

Judge John Payne granted the order for a year.

The investigation was led by the Major Crimes Unit under Springfield Capt. Trent Duda.

Ryan Walsh, spokesman for Springfield police, told MassLive the department began investigating "serious allegations" against Cintron last week.

Springfield police applied for the arrest warrant and Monson police arrested Cintron and took him into custody where he was held overnight at the Hampden County House of Correction, according to court records.

He is currently being held without bail, but will determine a "dangerousness" hearing on Wednesday where a judge will consider whether or not to grant Cintron bond.

Video footage from his arraignment is included above.

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