DRACUT -- The Ipswich fire chief, a Dracut resident, is behind bars without bail after an investigation into the recent alleged assault of a female acquaintance uncovered additional allegations from a year ago, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
Gregory Gagnon, 41, was arrested Friday in Lowell Distict Court and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and two counts of assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with the alleged assault that occurred on Thursday.
The fire chief was then released on his own recognizance with conditions that included demands that he stay away from the victim, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement.
Gagnon was again arrested Saturday morning after further investigation conducted by the District Attorney's Office and Dracut police. Investigators allegedly determined that Gagnon had assaulted the same victim last year, according to the release. He was then charged with strangulation for the older allegations and placed behind bars.
Ipswich Town Manager Robin Crosbie said on Saturday that Gagnon has been paid on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. His salary is $127,000 for 2017.
Lt. Andre Theriault has been designated as acting chief for the weekend, according to Crosbie.
"I am meeting on Monday with an outside candidate to serve as acting chief," Crosbie stated in an email.
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