Former trooper released on bond

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BRATTLEBORO — A man accused of first-degree aggravated domestic assault for an incident that occurred while he was a trooper with the Vermont State Police was released on $10,000 bond on Wednesday.

According to court documents, Roel Y. Diaz, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was released into the custody of his family and will appear in court at a later date to answer to charges of first-degree aggravated domestic assault. In addition, Diaz has been charged with two counts of domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services and stalking.

Diaz was arraigned on July 5 and ordered held without bail for the incident that happened in February 2017. He resigned from the VSP in July 2017.

According to court documents, on Feb. 25, 2017 at about 2 a.m., after the victim got home after a night out with three friends, Diaz started accusing her of cheating on him, and he struck her in the face with a fist twice, and also pointed a gun at her and himself.

"She did not report the event for fear that no one would believe her," stated court documents.

According to Diaz's application for a public defender, he is working as an Uber driver, and makes about $1,000 a month.

Adam Silverman, spokesman for Vermont State Police, told the Reformer that troopers go through a standard, comprehensive pre-employment background check process that includes the assigning of a detective to carry out the inquiry. He said there are interviews with associates of the applicants and the applicants themselves, as well as record checks.

"We have no information at this time to indicate that anyone in law enforcement was aware of the assault and related offenses when they occurred, or that the victim made any previous reports to the authorities," he said.

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