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Firefighter on Leave After Arrest

(Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016)

A veteran Torrington firefighter has been placed on paid administrative leave after being arrested on Tuesday.

Torrington police charged 41-year-old Nicholas Votino with second-degree Harassment.

According to the arrest warrant, Votino's ex-girlfriend reported he made harassing phone calls in April and police warned him not to contact her. Last Friday, she told police he was still constantly messaging her and leaving her items.

The victim also reported Votino "was going through the phone record and trying to find out who she was talking to."

"I feel Nick has become unstable and I fear for my safety and my children's safety," the victim wrote.

NBC Connecticut went to Votino's home, but no one came to the door.

Votino has been a veteran of the Torrington Fire Department for nearly 15 years and this is not the first incident he is accused of.

The fire chief said that Votino was suspended without pay for six days in 2012 after the department found he'd inappropriately texted a 17-year-old female.

The fire department launched its own internal investigation into the incident.

Bond was set at $1,000 and Votino has been released. On Wednesday, the court issued an order of protection against Votino.

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