George Caccavaro

Former Mayor George Caccavaro outside the Claremont Police Station on Monday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2019, shortly after he was bailed on one count of sexual assault.

CLAREMONT — Former mayor George Caccavaro is currently free on personal recognizance bail after he was charged Monday on one count of sexual assault.

Caccavaro, 78, of Maple Avenue, has a long history of community engagement at the city council and school board levels. He is accused of having committed the misdemeanor crime in February of this year, according to the bail order filed in circuit court.

The details of the alleged crime are not available in court, and Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase did not respond to a request for comment on the charge. A message left for Caccavaro at his home was not returned.

Caccavaro started work in May as the business administrator for the Newport School District. Newport Superintendent Brendan Minnihan could not be reached for comment, and School Board chair Linda Wadensten did not return a call made to her home.

Caccavaro was still listed as an employee as of Monday afternoon.

Prior to working in Newport, Caccavaro was an employee in the Claremont School District, School Board chair Frank Sprague said.

Sprague said district officials would likely be putting out a statement sometime Tuesday.

“We’re still gathering information,” he said.

Caccavaro was the CEO at Cone Blanchard, a Vermont-based machine and metal working company. He retired from that position and soon was engaged as the business administrator for the Mascoma School District.

Caccavaro is ordered to stay 500 feet away from the alleged victim in the case, and the alleged victim’s family.

He is due back in court on Dec. 2 for arraignment.

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