EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Opinion

October 11, 2013

Editorial:

Allegations raised against Methuen City Council candidate Robert LeBlanc are disturbing. They describe behavior that is inappropriate for a holder of public office.

LeBlanc ought to withdraw from the councilor-at-large race.

LeBlanc, 68, is a well-known lawyer in Methuen. He is a former two-term councilor and was town manager from 1976 to 1981. He is currently the attorney for the state Democratic Party.

This background ordinarily would make someone well suited for a City Council seat. But there are other aspects to LeBlanc’s background that should disqualify him for public office.

The Eagle-Tribune reported last week that LeBlanc had been sent a letter in 2005 barring him from the campus of the Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover. The school serves students from Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover.

“Should you enter or attempt to enter the premises, you may be considered to be committing a criminal trespass,” wrote lawyer Wayne F. Simmons Jr. “You are hereby further informed that this office is prepared to take all lawful action in order to protect the school and its students.”

Nothing in the letter indicated the reason for the ban.

The letter states that it was served via constable to 188 Broadway, Methuen, which at the time was the location of LeBlanc’s law office.

LeBlanc told reporter Brian Messenger he never received the letter and that he had been to the school campus many times since.

“An accusation was made — proven to be not true,” said LeBlanc. “I can’t remember that far back. I can’t remember what it was about.”

WBZ-TV reported this week that LeBlanc “stalked ... and propositioned” former Greater Lawrence Tech student Kevin Marr in 2005, prompting the then-senior to file a police report and the school to issue LeBlanc a no-trespass letter.

Marr told the television reporter that in 2005, LeBlanc asked him if he wanted a massage while Marr was working at the Rockingham Mall in Salem, N.H. Marr said LeBlanc then handed him a piece of paper with his name and phone number on it.

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