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December 19, 2012

Arsonist will be monitored with GPS after violating probation

DANVERS — A serial arsonist who served eight years in prison after burning down the Danvers Butchery will now be required to wear a GPS monitor tracking his whereabouts at all times, after he admitted to violating his probation.

The probation violations, including failing to attend counseling and skipping meetings with his probation officer, are similar to ones Steven Parziale, an electrician’s apprentice, also committed in 2002, just before a string of six suspicious fires in Danvers, including the one at the Butchery.

Probation officers, concerned about public safety, had asked a Salem Superior Court judge last week to send Parziale, 41, to jail for the violations, which also included a positive drug test for marijuana.

But yesterday Judge John Lu ruled that instead, he would keep Parziale on probation, with the added conditions of a GPS monitoring bracelet, as well as requirements that he submit proof that he is taking part in counseling at least every two weeks, meeting with a psychiatrist once a month, and taking his prescribed medications.

Parziale will also be subject to random drug tests.

Parziale is on probation until 2030 for four other fires back in 2002.

The August 2002 fire destroyed the Donegal Lane butcher shop, a local landmark. The owners eventually rebuilt their business on North Street.

The fire was one of a string of unsolved fires in Danvers that summer, according to news accounts at the time.

A week after the Butchery fire, there was another fire at the Cherry Hill Fish Market.

A probation officer who was supervising Parziale at the time for a pair of 1996 fires in Melrose read about the Danvers fires and became concerned, because he knew Parziale had recently stopped attending counseling and reporting to him. Parziale was living on Locust Street in Danvers at the time. The probation officer, Kevin Henneberry, contacted authorities, who eventually linked Parziale to six fires in Danvers that summer.

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