Devens Firefighter in Assault Case Put on Leave
Sun staff report
DEVENS -- A little over a week after he was allowed to go back to work as a Devens firefighter despite facing pending charges that he assaulted two minors, Gregory Gagnon of Dracut was placed on paid leave Friday.
Meg Delorier, chief of staff for MassDevelopment, which runs Devens, confirmed that Gagnon was placed on leave effective Friday. She declined further comment.
Gagnon, 43, spent 18 years with the Dracut Fire Department before leaving to take a job as chief of the Ipswich Fire Department in 2014. He later resigned from that job after facing domestic assault charges in Lowell District Court.
In that case, Gagnon’s wife alleged that Gagnon attempted to strangle her and made threats to shoot her during an argument in their Dracut home in September 2017. Gagnon also allegedly threatened that, if his wife called police, “guns will be blazing when they get here,” according to a police report.
That case was later dropped when Gagnon’s wife declined to testify, but not before Gagnon spent time getting mental health treatment at a facility in Vermont.
Then on Dec. 21, Gagnon allegedly assaulted two minors who were known to him at his Dracut home, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
He was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Dec. 28 on two counts of assault and battery. Judge Daniel Crane released Gagnon on his own recognizance, but ordered him to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victims in the case, to abide by an active restraining order against him, and to comply with any recommendations made by the Department of Children and Families.
On Jan. 17, Delorier confirmed that Gagnon was allowed to return to work at his new job for the Devens Fire Department even as the new case was pending. She declined further comment at that time.
Gagnon could not be reached for comment.