SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 2, 2014

Ex-firefighter indicted on domestic abuse charges

Julie Manganis
Staff Writer

SALEM —

The former president of the union representing Salem firefighters has been indicted on charges stemming from a series of alleged assaults on his estranged wife. 

John O'Leary, 45, of 10 Wyman Drive, Salem, will now face charges that include kidnapping, witness intimidation and multiple assault counts in Salem Superior Court as a result of the indictments, handed up yesterday afternoon by an Essex County grand jury. 

O'Leary was first charged in March after his wife told police that she was concerned for her safety after he moved back into their home. He had moved out after an incident in January, she told police.

She described abuse that began after O'Leary was fired from his firefighting job amid questions about his handling of a union charity fund. 

O'Leary's attorney has suggested that the allegations came only after his client contacted the wife of a man O'Leary believed his wife was seeing. 

O'Leary is currently being held without bail as a danger to the woman. 

The indictment moves the case to Superior Court, where the potential penalties include prison time if convicted. 

 

For more on this story see tomorrow's Salem News and salemnews.com. 

 

 

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