Wakefield Fire Captain Placed On Leave

Captain Christopher Smith (Town of Wakefield, MA)

WAKEFIELD, MA (WBZ-AM) -- A high ranking Wakefield Fire official is on paid administrative leave and will be court this week. 

Christopher Smith was promoted just last year to Captain in the Wakefield Fire Department.   

Now he's on paid administration leave, according to chief Michael Sullivan, after what the Chief describes in a statement as an incident that happened when Smith was not on duty.  

The Middlesex County District Attorney's office tells WBZ News Radio1030's Karyn Regal that Captain Smith is accused of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14. 

He will be arraigned Wednesday in Malden District Court. 

Smith has been a firefighter for 22 years in the town of Wakefield.

Full Statement from Wakefield Fire Chief Michael Sullivan:

"Wakefield Fire Captain Christopher J. Smith has been placed on paid administrative leave, consistent with our collective bargaining agreement, after the Wakefield Fire Department was notified by the Wakefield Police Department of an alleged incident that occurred when Captain Smith was not on duty. Captain Smith has been employed by the Wakefield Fire Department for 22 years. He will remain on leave pending the outcome of this incident and a review by the Wakefield Fire Department and the Town of Wakefield. For legal reasons, I am prohibited from discussing this matter further."

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Karyn Regal reports.

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