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April 10, 2013

Ex-firefighter blames Adderall for crimes

SALEM — The lawyer for a former Lynn firefighter charged in a string of crimes, including hiding under his ex-girlfriend’s bed in Salem and a poor attempt at counterfeiting in Middleton last year, yesterday blamed the prescription drug Adderall for the behavior.

Jason Papagikos, 37, of Lynn was sentenced to 21/2 years in jail, with six months to be served and the balance suspended for two years, during a hearing yesterday in Salem District Court, where he pleaded guilty in the two cases.

Papagikos is still facing credit card fraud and counterfeiting charges in Lynn, his lawyer confirmed yesterday.

Back in February 2012, Papagikos admitted yesterday, he stole his former girlfriend’s house keys and made a copy for himself, which he used at least twice to let himself inside.

Twice on Feb. 13, Papagikos let himself into the woman’s Freedom Hollow Road home. The first time, prosecutor Michelle DeCourcey said, the woman demanded that he leave.

Later that day, she returned home, checked her closets and made sure her doors were locked. Just as she was about to relax for the evening on her bed, she discovered Papagikos hiding underneath it.

After his arrest, Papagikos asked for a chance to look for a phone number in his cellphone, which had been taken by officers.

Instead, they discovered that he was sending text messages to the woman: “Unreal. Thank you for this,” and “Jail. No bail. Assault? Stole from you? Thanks for lying.” Police added a charge of witness intimidation to the list of breaking and entering, larceny, and assault charges.

Months later, while out on bail in that and other cases, Papagikos was arrested at Middleton’s Candlelite Motor Inn after attempting to pay his room bill with five fake $20 bills, money he admitted yesterday was printed on a laptop computer and printer that was found in the motel room.

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