Ex-fire Chief Faces New Charges
DRACUT -- Former Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory Gagnon is facing two counts of assault and battery in relation to a Dec. 21 incident in his home, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Gagnon, 43, of Dracut, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Dec. 28, according to Meghan Kelly, spokesperson for the DA’s Office.
She said Dracut police were notified that Gagnon had allegedly assaulted two minors known to him at his Dracut residence.
“Following an investigation, the defendant was subsequently charged in connection with this incident and a restraining order against the defendant was issued,” Kelly said in an email.
She said Judge Daniel Crane released Gagnon on personal recognizance. He was also ordered to “stay away from, and have no contact with the victims, to abide by the restraining order, and to comply with any DCF recommendations.”
Gagnon is reportedly a firefighter in Devens. Before becoming the fire chief in Ipswich, he served in the Dracut Fire Department for 18 years.
In September 2017, Gagnon was charged with two counts of assault and battery on a household member after allegedly strangling his wife.
Those charges were dropped in January 2018 after his wife opted out of testifying against him. As a result of that incident, Gagnon was ordered to the Brattleboro Mental Health Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. According to court filings, Gagnon completed his counseling in Brattleboro and had attended after-care programs and more counseling afterward.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday, Feb. 14.
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