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Saugus man arrested for indecent assault fails to appear for arraignment

SAUGUS — A Saugus man failed to appear for arraignment in Lynn District Court Tuesday after he was arrested over the weekend for the alleged indecent assault of a woman in Saugus.

Timothy L. Gillespie was arrested by Saugus Police and charged with one count of indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or over, according to a statement from Interim Chief Ronald Giorgetti.

Gillespie was arrested after police were dispatched to the area of Jasper and Central streets at 6 p.m. Saturday. Police declined to release further details of the incident.

“Massachusetts law prohibits the Saugus Police Department from releasing any further details about this incident or investigation,” said the statement from Giorgetti.

A clerk released Gillespie on bail over the weekend, and ordered him to return to Lynn District Court for arraignment at 9 a.m. Tuesday. He failed to appear, said Essex County District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan.

“When someone is arrested over the weekend or at nighttime when court is not in session, a clerk comes in and makes a decision whether to hold a person or to set a bail amount,” said Kimball-Monahan. “In this case a clerk set a bail amount.”

Kimball-Monahan didn’t immediately know the bail amount.

“He hasn’t appeared and we did obtain a hold for court warrant, which means if he is found, if any police department finds him, he is to be held until court is in session,” she said, shortly before noon Tuesday. “If he fails to show up, a default warrant will be issued, which is basically a warrant for his arrest.”


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