Reading police chief on leave following alleged domestic violence incident

Reading Police Chief Mark Segalla remains on paid leave following an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred while he was off duty in Tewksbury on Dec. 21, the town announced Thursday.

Segalla was placed on leave on Dec. 22 after Reading Town Manager Robert LaLacheur learned he was being investigated by Tewksbury police, LaLacheur said in a letter to the community.

In the days that followed, the Middlesex district attorney’s office investigated Segalla before referring the matter to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, according to the letter.

Morrissey then hired Special Prosecutor Kevin Mullen to investigate the incident.

LaLacheur said he was made aware Wednesday that “ . . . that the charges brought by Special Prosecutor Mullen against Segalla have now become public,” according to the letter.


The letter did not disclose the charges. Attempts to reach Mullen were unsuccessful Thursday night.

LaLacheur condemned domestic violence “in any form” and called for kindness towards Segalla’s family.

“I would ask that you have the Segalla family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” he said in the statement.

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