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STONINGTON — A deputy chief at the Old Mystic Fire Department has been indefinitely relieved of duty following an alleged domestic incident that took place at his home earlier this month.

Old Mystic Fire Chief Ken Richards confirmed that Christopher Clarkin, 41, of Groton, was relieved of duties almost immediately following the Jan. 19 incident. Officials said the incident did not take place on or involve any fire department property.

Clarkin, who was charged with second-degree unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct before being released, will be asked to appear before fire department's board of directors during a special meeting on Tuesday night. The issue is considered a personnel matter and the hearing will be held in executive session, officials said.

Clarkin could not be reached for comment Monday.

Richards said that as a result of being relieved from duty, which will "act like a suspension" until the case is adjudicated and the board has a chance to review all facts, Clarkin will not be allowed to respond to calls or represent the department in any way. He is still considered a full member of the department and will remain so until the board makes a final determination on his status with the agency.

Officials said Clarkin has been up front about the incident from the time of his arrest, even calling Richards "within the hour" of being released from the Town of Groton Police Department. Under the department's by-laws, Clarkin had 48 hours to report the arrest and was automatically relieved of duty pending the formal review.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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