Charges dropped, but ex- Derby cop won’t re­turn

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - From The Front Page - By Ran­dall Beach ran­dall. beach@ hearst me­di­act. com

Former Derby po­lice of­fi­cer Jor­dan Gochros has had his charges of third­de­gree as­sault, sec­ond­de­gree breach of peace and third- de­gree crim­i­nal mis­chief dis­missed in state Su­pe­rior Court in New Haven af­ter com­plet­ing a fam­ily vi­o­lence pro­gram.

Gochros, 33, of West Haven, was ar­rested last Au­gust af­ter an al­leged dis­pute with his girl­friend while they were rid­ing in a car to­gether on Ella T. Grasso Boule­vard in New Haven.

Ac­cord­ing to the New Haven po­lice af­fi­davit, Derby Po­lice Lt. Justin Stanko was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­ported as­sault and met with the woman. The war­rant stated Stanko “ob­served her lip to be swollen with a no­tice­able mark on her up­per lip as well as red marks on her neck.” While she spoke with Stanko, she “got choked up and fought back tears.”

She then made a writ­ten state­ment to Stanko about her en­counter with Gochros. She be­gan it by say­ing she and Gochros had been dat­ing “on and off” since Oc­to­ber 2015. She said that on the pre­vi­ous night ( Aug. 2, 2017), they left Dante’s Restau­rant in Strat­ford to­gether, with Gochros driv­ing.

She stated that dur­ing the drive, they be­gan ar­gu­ing be­cause she wanted to break up with him.

“He was call­ing me a whore,” she told po­lice. “I was on my phone and he grabbed it and threw it out the driver’s win­dow. I got up­set and told him to pull over so I could get my phone. With­out any­one say­ing any­thing else, he started hit­ting me. He was hit­ting me with his right hand while the car was mov­ing. He hit me in the face about three or four times.”

She added, “As he was hit­ting me, I was hold­ing my hands up, cry­ing. I wanted him to stop. I felt scared and mad that he kept hit­ting me. I was scream­ing and telling him to stop and pull over.”

She re­ported that when Gochros did pull over, she walked back to look for her phone. Soon af­ter­ward, she found the shat­tered phone and walked back to the car. But Gochros was gone. She then drove his car back to his home in West Haven, quickly packed some of her things “be­fore he got back” and drove off in her car to see a friend and tell him what had hap­pened.

The woman said “this is not the first time Jor­dan hit me. I want him to get help with his anger is­sues.”

The af­fi­davit quoted Gochros telling New Haven po­lice dur­ing a vol­un­tary in­ter­view that while he and the woman were driv­ing home, she started ar­gu­ing with him, say­ing “all we do is fight, I’m not happy.” He stated she started hit­ting him while he was driv­ing. But he main­tained he didn’t hit her back.

Gochros said that while they were driv­ing on Ella T. Grasso Boule­vard, she tried to jump out of the car. He said that while he was try­ing to hold her back from jump­ing, she started to hit him again and ripped his shirt. He told po­lice he parked the car near the flea mar­ket on the Boule­vard and got out “to let her calm down” but that she jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off. He then started walk­ing back to West Haven.

Gochros also told po­lice he threw the woman’s phone out the win­dow be­cause she was hit­ting him with it. The af­fi­davit noted, “He stated he did not hit her and marks on her are from him try­ing to push her away to stop her from hit­ting him.”

But the af­fi­davit quoted Gochros ad­mit­ting he did “not have any marks on his body.” An of­fi­cer quoted in the af­fi­davit said he no­ticed Gochros’ shirt was torn.

When the New Haven Reg­is­ter asked Stanko a se­ries of ques­tions about Gochros’ sta­tus with the po­lice depart­ment now and over the months since his ar­rest and whether he had been paid dur­ing that pe­riod, Stanko merely said Gochros had re­signed from the po­lice force. Stanko re­ferred the Reg­is­ter to other me­dia re­ports about Gochros.

The Val­ley In­de­pen­dent re­ported Gochros re­signed Jan. 29 af­ter a three- hour, closed- door Derby Po­lice Com­mis­sion hear­ing. The In­de­pen­dent said Gochros, who had been a Derby po­lice of­fi­cer since 2002, had been sus­pended with­out pay since his ar­rest.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­de­pen­dent, the city reached an agree­ment with Gochros in which he would be paid $ 4,508.40 while agree­ing he won’t sue the po­lice depart­ment and won’t re- ap­ply for a job as a Derby po­lice of­fi­cer. As for the money Gochros re­ceived, Derby Po­lice Chief Ger­ald Narowski said he was due 15 days of paid time off.

The agree­ment stated Gochros had “made his de­ci­sion to re­sign freely and vol­un­tar­ily, with­out any duress or un­due in­flu­ence.”

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