Former Stoughton police Sgt. Anthony Bickerton, 60, who abruptly retired Sept. 11 after 30 years on the job, was to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Boston today on a charge of lying to a federal agent. He was arrested Tuesday night.

Former Stoughton police Sgt. Anthony Bickerton, 60, who abruptly retired Sept. 11 after 30 years on the job, was to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Boston today on a charge of lying to a federal agent. He was arrested Tuesday night.


Bickerton’s attorney, Joseph Krowski, said this morning his client was arrested by FBI agents. Krowski said he was trying to learn what the case involved and what evidence, if any, federal authorities had gathered.


“From what I know, I don’t think there should be a case against him,” Krowski said.


Bickerton’s arrest comes after another former Stoughton police officer pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent as part of an ongoing probe.


That officer, Arlindo F. Romeiro, 37, of Stoughton, agreed to cooperate with federal investigators as part of a plea agreement. Romeiro is scheduled to be sentenced on April 8 on the single charge of making false statements to a federal agent. The charge carries a maximum of five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years probation.


Under the plea agreement, Romeiro agreed to provide “substantial assistance in the investigation or prosecution of another person who has committed a criminal offense.”


Acting Stoughton Police Chief Thomas Murphy said he was awaiting word on what the allegations are against Bickerton. Murphy said his department welcomes the investigation.


“We wouldn’t tolerate criminal activity of any kind,” Murphy said. “If the FBI exposed that, we support that as professionals in law enforcement.”


He said the disclosures in court could also help end speculation in the community and bolster the morale of other officers on the force who work hard every day.


“This is closure for them and maybe they can be viewed as the good officers they are,” Murphy said. “I want all of the information out there.”


Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com.