Mother no longer charged in ex-cop’s assault case

KEENE — The mother of a former part-time Rindge police officer charged with the sexual assault of a minor no longer faces a felony charge in connection with her son’s case.

Rosemary Cifrino, 65, of Harrisville was charged with one count of tampering with witnesses for allegedly asking a witness in her son’s case to lie to police. The felony charge against Cifrino was dismissed on Feb. 20 in Cheshire County Superior Court because a grand jury did not hand up an indictment within 90 days of the charge’s filing, according to court records.

It is unclear whether or not state prosecutors will bring the charge forward again. Assistant County Attorney Keith W. Clouatre could not be reached for comment by press time Monday.

Cifrino’s son, John Vargas-Cifrino, 35, of Harrisville, is charged with one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault of a girl he knew between the ages of 13 and 16, according to court documents. He is slated to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges at a plea and sentencing hearing at the Cheshire County Superior Court on March 26. As a part of the plea deal, state prosecutors have agreed to drop the felony sex charge against Vargas-Cifrino, according to court records.

Vargas-Cifrino had reportedly been staying at the victim’s home in Keene for nearly a year at the time the allegations were reported to police. In an affidavit filed by Keene Det. Jennifer Ramey with the 8th Circuit Court in Keene, Ramey wrote that Rosemary Cifrino allegedly asked the victim’s mother “to ‘lie and not tell anyone’ about what happened to [the victim], involving Vargas and the sexual assault.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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