EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

January 18, 2014

Suspended Rockingham County employees resign

Reid cleared of any criminal wrongdoing

BRENTWOOD — Two longtime employees of the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office have resigned amid an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

Deputy County Attorney Thomas Reid, second in command after suspended County Attorney James Reams, submitted his resignation yesterday afternoon, according to Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards.

In a brief statement, Edwards said Reid was exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.

“Mr. Reid was not the target of a criminal investigation and our investigation has not revealed any evidence that he engaged in any criminal conduct,” Edwards said. “Mr. Reid has cooperated during our investigation, and we anticipate he will continue to cooperate with our ongoing investigation.”

Reid’s departure from the office after 15 years comes only a day after Rockingham County commissioners accepted the resignation of victim witness advocate Tara Longo.

Longo also stepped down from her position after 15 years amid concerns about her credibility. Reid, Longo and Reams were placed on administrative leave by county commissioners in November, following allegations of “management and operational issues” within the office.

Attorney General Joseph Foster also revoked Reams’ authority as a prosecutor. Allegations of sexual harassment by Reams against female employees and the improper diversion of money in the office later surfaced.

Reams claims he is innocent. He is fighting for reinstatement and trying to salvage his reputation as the county’s top prosecutor.

A Merrimack County Superior Court judge was to hear Reams’ reinstatement request Tuesday. But Edwards said yesterday the state and Reams’ attorney, Michael Ramsdell, have asked the hearing to be rescheduled while the criminal investigation continues.

Edwards refrained from speaking further about Reid.

But Brian Quirk, Reid’s attorney, issued a statement on behalf of his client.

“The manner in which the investigation has been handled has taken a significant toll on my family,” Reid said. “I also recognize that a continued suspension with pay is unfair to the taxpayers of Rockingham County. Therefore, I have resigned effective today.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale CDC Addresses Lab Safety Problems Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Mass. Mayor: Families Lost Everything in Fire Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
Photos of the Week