New Ipswich town employee granted restraining order against Budget Committee member

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:53AM

A New Ipswich town employee has been granted a restraining order against a town official who allegedly lifted her shirt twice while she was working in her office in December.

The employee requested the restraining order against Alan Doyle, who is a member of the budget committee.

According to a court document signed by the employee, this first incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 when Doyle allegedly came into the woman’s office and proceeded to lift up the back of her shirt. Doyle allegedly made a comment to the effect that he was “just peeking.” Around 6:30 p.m. that same night, the employee said Doyle lifted up her blouse with two fingers and made another remark.

The document says the employee had a “yucky” feeling about the entire situation.

The employee declined to comment about the situation. When reached by the Ledger-Transcript on Wednesday, Doyle also declined to comment.

In court documents, the employee said she reported the incident to a co-worker immediately and an investigation was conducted by the town the next day and sent to the town’s attorney. The town attorney sent Doyle a letter stating he needed to make an appointment before coming to the building where she works, according to the court document. The note says Doyle “disregarded” the town attorney by visiting the building without making appointments, including one instance where Patrolman Tony Rizzitano was present at the request of the employee.

New Ipswich Police Chief Tim Carpenter said Wednesday morning he wasn’t aware of the situation and therefore wouldn’t comment. No charges have been filed against Doyle. The request for the restraining order was granted by Jaffrey District Court on Feb. 5.

The temporary restraining order reads that Doyle is prohibited from coming within 300 feet of the employee. The employee asked in a handwritten note that Doyle not be allowed at the deliberative session on Feb. 6. The request wasn’t granted and instead stipulated Doyle must stay 25 feet away from the woman and may have no intentional contact during the session.

Doyle didn’t attend the session on Tuesday.

Select Board Chair David Lage said he was aware of the charge and knew that a restraining order had been issued.

Doyle is up for re-election this year, although a petitioned warrant article, which has been signed by 30 residents, has been submitted to disband the Budget Committee. Select board members say they support the effort to abolish the committee. Doyle intents to run for a three-year term, according to a town document.

Doyle and the woman are scheduled to appear in Jaffrey court on Feb. 16.

 Reporters Nicholas Handy and Ashley Saari also contributed to this report.