LAWRENCE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A former state representative, who was recently hired as a city worker in a controversial move by Mayor William Lantigua, was arrested early Saturday for violating a protective restraining order obtained by his ex-girlfriend.
Jose Santiago, 53, of Lawrence, was released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty Monday in Lawrence District Court.
Prosecutors said Santiago told the woman if she broke up with him "you're not going to be with anybody."
Santiago's attorney said he denies being at a nightclub where the woman worked; however, he was arrested in the club's parking lot around 12:20 a.m. on Saturday. He was arrested for violating the restraining order which his ex-girlfriend had filed for on Wednesday.
According to court documents, Santiago reportedly violated the order on Thursday, and police issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday. He was held without bail at Middleton Jail prior to Monday's arraignment.
Santiago, who is known to be politically affiliated with Lantigua, was hired on Nov. 26 to replace a Department of Public Works employee who had been on leave since August to care for his wife. The employee's wife died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
Santiago was fired from the Methuen police department in 2004 for refusing to take a retraining course at his own expense.