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October 10, 2013

LeBlanc under fire for stalking allegation

State Republicans call for him to quit Methuen Council race

METHUEN — The Massachusetts Republican Party is calling on City Council candidate Robert LeBlanc to end his campaign following a report that he “stalked” a former area high school student, among other allegations.

Several candidates running against LeBlanc also weighed in on the allegations yesterday.

“If these allegations and accusations are true, as a parent and a grandparent I find them very disturbing,” said Sharon Birchall, who is one of five candidates seeking three at-large seats in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

The Eagle-Tribune reported last week that LeBlanc — a well-known lawyer, former Methuen town manager and current attorney for the state Democratic party — was sent letters banning him from the campus of Greater Lawrence Technical School in 2005, and from all Barnes & Noble bookstores in 2002.

LeBlanc, 68, of 2 Plumwood Drive, said the letters are baseless and were circulated as a personal attack.

On Tuesday, WBZ-TV reported that LeBlanc “stalked ... and propositioned” former GLTS student Kevin Marr in 2005, prompting the then-senior to file a police report and GLTS to issue LeBlanc a no-trespass letter.

WBZ-TV also cited a police report from 2000 in which LeBlanc allegedly followed a male customer into a Barnes & Noble bathroom and “touched himself inappropriately” in front of a urinal.

LeBlanc, who served as Methuen town manager from 1976 to 1981, has not been charged in connection with any of the allegations. He did not return a call seeking comment yesterday.

In a statement yesterday, the Massachusetts Republican Party described the allegations as “a pattern of alleged harassment and lewd acts by a high-profile lawyer and Democratic candidate for City Council in Methuen.”

“If these disturbing allegations are true, the Massachusetts Democratic Party should cut ties with Mr. LeBlanc and he should end his campaign today,” said MassGOP Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes. “We cannot allow people who engage in this reprehensible behavior to be in positions of power and influence.”

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