, Salem, MA

October 30, 2013

Man arrested after court tirade


---- — SALEM — A Peabody man, unhappy that his buddy was being banned from Salem while awaiting trial on charges of violating a restraining order, was arrested at Salem District Court Monday afternoon after an outburst that could be heard throughout the first floor of the complex.

Kenneth Hodgdon, 45, of 30 Elaine Ave., was in court to support his friend Paul Carolan, 34, of Salem, who was there for a dangerousness hearing.

When a defense lawyer and prosecutor announced to the judge that they had reached an agreement under which Carolan would wear a GPS bracelet and would stay out of Salem, Hodgdon was apparently quite unhappy, yelling a vulgarity at Carolan’s ex and slamming open the door to the courtroom, nearly striking a prosecutor and the woman as he stormed out.

The commotion could be heard several hundred feet away by court security officers.

Salem Patrolman Kathleen Rocheville, who was at the courthouse for the case, arrested Hodgdon in the hallway on charges of disrupting a court proceeding and witness intimidation. Earlier in the day, there had been comments directed toward the woman outside the courthouse, police said.

Hodgdon was back in court this morning, where Judge Matthew Nestor agreed to release him on conditions that include an order that he have no contact with the victim or any witnesses in the case.

A pretrial conference was scheduled for Dec. 18.

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