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Windham lawmaker explains circumstances of arrest

WINDHAM - State Rep. Charles McMahon said Thursday morning that his arrest earlier this week stemmed from a "delicate family situation" that resulted in a call to 911.

McMahon said one of his sons, Shane, 23, suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and became argumentative Tuesday night.

&#';It's a challenge we've been dealing with as long as I can remember,&#'; McMahon said. The argument &#';was nothing physical, but he felt that he had to call 911.&#';

McMahon said he and his wife tried to calm Shane down and that there was no emergency that warranted a 911 call. When police and firefighters arrived, &#';they found no emergency.&#';

He said Shane told police that McMahon told him not to call 911. He said police told him that trying to prevent someone from calling 911 is a violation and he was arrested on a charge of obstructing the report of a crime. He said he is due in court Dec. 17.

McMahon, a Republican who represents District 4 in Rockingham County and who was reelected in November, said he regrets, but accepts, that a private matter has become public because of his position. This was the first time he's been arrested, he said.

&#';This ADHD is difficult to deal with and sadly it went public,&#'; he said. &#';But I believe in transparency and I want people to know that this was what (happened).&#';

McMahon said his eldest son, Charlie, suffers from severe cerebral palsy. He said he ran for public office because he wanted to help families like his &#';make their lives be the best they can be.

&#';We have a very delicate family issue that we've been dealing with for many years,&#'; he said. &#';We're going to continue to do the best we can. We just don't make excuses and (we) keep working at it. I'm not going to give up on him.&#';

McMahon also praised the Windham Police Department.

&#';They were professional in every way,&#'; he said.


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