April 04. 2013 10:21AM

Former Londonderry firefighter arrested for sex assault

Union Leader Correspondent


LONDONDERRY - A former Londonderry firefighter is facing sexual assault charges.


George Calligandes, 43, of Londonderry, turned himself in on a Londonderry Police Department warrant shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, according to police reports.


Calligandes was charged with sexual assault/forcible fondling; however, details of those charges weren’t immediately available Thursday morning.


 Police Lt. Tim Jones said he was unable to provide further information on the circumstances surrounding Calligandes’ arrest since a police investigation is currently under way.


Calligandes was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and will appear in 10th Circuit Court, Derry District Division, May 6.


A former senior firefighter and paramedic, Calligandes had served as the Londonderry Fire Department’s community relations coordinator and also managed the department’s student internship program.


Contacted on Thursday morning, acting Fire Chief Darren O’Brien declined to comment, referring all inquiries on Calligandes’ past history to the human resources department. Calligandes was employed with the Londonderry Fire Department from February 1997 through March 2009, according to town human resources manager Donna Pratt.


Pratt said town records indicate Calligandes was "voluntarily terminated" from his position, though a reason wasn’t listed in the records.