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December 19, 2012

Arsonist will be monitored with GPS after violating probation


At the time of his guilty plea in 2003, Parziale blamed childhood sexual abuse for his crimes.

He served a total of eight years in prison, five for the Butchery fire and three more for violating his probation in the 1996 Melrose fires, which left a firefighter seriously injured and 40 people homeless.

Judge Peter Agnes at the time imposed an unusually lengthy 20-year probation term for four of the remaining fires, saying he wanted to ensure that Parziale received treatment for his psychological issues.

Parziale apparently began taking part in therapy soon after his release in 2010. But his current probation officer, Sonia Archer, reported to the court in August that Parziale had stopped receiving treatment and had failed to report to her, raising concerns.

When Parziale appeared last summer for a hearing on the matter, he tested positive for marijuana. He left the courthouse before his hearing could take place, and a warrant was issued.

When Parziale eventually returned to court on Nov. 7, Lu ordered him held without bail, according to court records. Parziale collapsed and was taken to Salem Hospital.

He admitted last week to the probation violations and was ordered held at Middleton Jail pending his sentencing yesterday.

He and his lawyer, Tom Pierce, had urged Lu to release Parziale so that he could resume counseling and a medication regimen.

Lu told Parziale that the GPS will allow probation officers and police to track his whereabouts at any time.

The judge also granted a request by Archer to require that before his release, Parziale have confirmed appointments with a psychiatrist and therapist.

Parziale, who had been living in Lynn, was released late yesterday afternoon, after being fitted with the monitoring bracelet and providing information about his appointments.

According to his Facebook page, Parziale works as an apprentice electrician for his family’s electrical contracting business in Malden.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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