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Veteran firefighter accused of child rape found dead in home

March 10, 2016

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a veteran Maynard firefighter accused of sexually assaulting a child in 1991 died after he was found unresponsive in his home.

Rescuers went to the home of 59-year-old James MacGillivary around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday for a report of an unresponsive man. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead just after midnight.

MacGillivary, who had been a firefighter in town since 1986, was arrested last month and charged with rape of a child. The charge stemmed from an alleged incident with a 9-year-old boy in 1991. He was placed on leave Feb. 5.

The Boston Globe reports that officials say authorities believe MacGillivary took his own life. Information about the nature of his injuries hasn’t been released.

Police say his death doesn’t appear suspicious.

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