Gardner officer facing child rape charge resigns

A Gardner man who spent 14 years as a city police officer has resigned from the force.

Larry Landry was placed on paid leave when he was arrested last month on charges of statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14 and assault to rape a child. He sent his resignation letter to the mayor last week.

Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Landry assaulted the boy starting in kindergarten until the sixth-grade. The alleged incidents took place in Winchendon.

Landry has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer said he has served honorably.

Landry and another man were separately charged with indecent assault and battery on a 20-year-old woman.