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New Hampshire

November 15, 2012

Windham legislator arrested after family dispute

WINDHAM — Rep. Charles McMahon, R-Windham, yesterday said his arrest earlier this week resulted from “a very difficult situation” at home with his 23-year-old son, Shane, an argument that led to Shane making a 911 call to police.

“The bottom line is, there was no emergency of any kind,” McMahon said. “There were no assaults, no threatening.”

McMahon, 58, has an arraignment scheduled Dec. 17 in 10th Circuit Court in Salem. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.

He said has no intention of resigning from his House seat.

“This doesn’t change what I’m doing at the Statehouse,” McMahon said.

Windham police Capt. Mike Caron said McMahon was arrested Tuesday night at his Floral Street home and charged with obstructing a report of a crime or injury. The incident happened about 11:30 p.m.

It is a Class B misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1,200. There is no jail time for a Class B misdemeanor conviction.

Police aren’t releasing other details, though Caron characterized the incident as “family related.”

McMahon acknowledged the family trouble.

“We are dealing with a very delicate situation with our son,” he said. “He has (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This has been a challenge to deal with for many, many years,” McMahon said.

Shane McMahon’s behavior late Tuesday night was “out of control,” in his father’s words. He was argumentative, McMahon said.

“He said he was going to call 911 and he felt in his mind that is what he had to do,” McMahon said.

McMahon and his wife, Kimberly, tried to convince Shane that wasn’t necessary.

“We weren’t successful because there is more than one phone in the house,” McMahon said.

McMahon credited Windham public safety officials with “a great response” to the family problem.

“You can’t get in the way of someone who wants to call 911,” McMahon said he has learned. “People do have a right to do what they want to do.”

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