LAWRENCE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A former state representative has been fired from his public works position in Lawrence after his Saturday morning arrest for violating a protective restraining order.
The Eagle-Tribune reports that Jose Santiago was fired from the temporary position given to him by Mayor William Lantigua just hours after being arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Monday. Santiago was reportedly served a termination letter at his Chestnut Street apartment.
Santiago 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.
Prosecutors accuse Santiago of violating the restraining order obtained by his ex-girlfriend just one day after she filed it. Court documents claim Santiago violated the order on Thursday and police issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday.
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.
The woman claims Santiago told her if she broke up with him she was "not going to be with anybody."
Santiago was released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty Monday in Lawrence District Court.
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