Former Port Richey mayor arrested for conspiring to obstruct justice with acting mayor

Pasco County
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The former mayor of Port Richey has been arrested again and is now accused of conspiring with the acting mayor to obstruct justice.

FDLE agents arrested 68-year-old Dale Massad in jail on Wednesday night. An arrest report says Massad “conspired to obstruct justice by attempting to intimidate, harass or retaliate” against Officer Howard with the Port Richey Police Department.

Deputies say Massad conspired with the acting mayor of Port Richey, 64-year-old Terrence Rowe. Rowe was also arrested by FDLE agents on Wednesday night. 

Rowe took on the role of acting mayor last month when Massad resigned from his role as Mayor of Port Richey. Massad’s resignation came after he was arrested for attempted homicide and practicing medicine without a license. Those charges stem from an incident where deputies say Massad opened fire on a SWAT team trying to serve a search warrant at his home.

Since his arrest last month, Massad has been held without bond in the Pasco County Detention Center. 

An arrest report says Massad contacted Rowe earlier this month on a recorded jail phone line. During the call, deputies say Massad told Rowe, “I believe (Officer) Howard was hired illegally, fired legally and re-hired illegally.”

According to the arrest report, Massad then added “I don’t know why but he is in on everything,” referring to his arrest.

Deputies say Rowe replied that he was “on it” and Massad told him, “anything you can do is good.” Rowe then said, “You know this doesn’t go down without somebody answering for it,” the arrest report says.

Massad is now facing the additional charges of conspiracy to obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime. 

Rowe bonded out of jail Thursday morning. He was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruction of justice.

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