Reading Police Chief Charged With Domestic Assault In Tewksbury
Apr 17, 2019 05:19AM
● By Bill Gilman
Reading Police Chief Mark Segalla
The Police Chief for the Town of Reading is facing domestic assault charges, relating to an incident that allegedly took place in Tewksbury, while he was off-duty, back in December.
A special prosecutor, appointed by the office of the Norfolk County District Attorney, worked with Tewksbury Police to investigate the incident and recently recommended charges be filed against Chief Mark D. Segalla.
Segalla, who has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 22, is scheduled to be officially arraigned on the charges in Lowell District Court on June 5.
Neither the special prosecutor nor Tewksbury Police have commented publicly on the case. Details on the allegations have not been released, nor has the name of the alleged victim or their relationship to Segalla.
Segalla is a resident of Reading. He is married and the father of two.
This past week, Reading Town Managger Robert LeLacheur released the following statement regarding the suspension of Segalla and the pending charges:
“On December 24th I advised the community that I placed Police Chief Mark Segalla on administrative leave effective December 22nd. He remains on a paid leave status today.”“During late December, we learned of an investigation by the Tewksbury Police Department into an alleged domestic violence incident involving Chief Segalla while he was off duty and in their community on December 21st.”“In the subsequent days we cooperated fully with Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office and maintained our silence during the Tewksbury investigation and follow up. Upon completion of the investigation, DA Ryan referred the matter to Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey, a common practice under the circumstances.”“DA Morrissey then hired Special Prosecutor Kevin Mullen of Quincy to investigate the off duty incident involving Chief Segalla. We have cooperated fully both with DA Morrissey’s office and with Special Prosecutor Mullen over the past months. This includes maintaining our public silence, and taking no further actions.”“Late yesterday I became aware that charges brought by Special Prosecutor Mullen against Segalla have now become public.”