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November 17, 2010

Man charged with stockpiling weapons sues wife

SALEM — The allegations were shocking: a Manchester man, consumed by rage toward his wife, preparing for "martial law" with a stockpile of weapons, including grenades, and making threats to shoot "traitors."

Gregory Girard's arrest last February made national headlines, as police displayed an array of guns and other weapons they had pulled from his Bridge Street condo. A judge locked up the computer consultant as a danger to the public and to his wife, Dr. Kristine Girard, the associate director of mental health services at MIT.

But by the time the case went to trial last spring, most of the charges had been dropped by prosecutors. Only three counts remained — discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and possession of two devices police believed were silencers, but which Girard contends were flash suppressors. Those charges were continued without a finding for four years.

The guns were all owned legally by Girard, who was properly licensed, and the "grenades" turned out to be smoke bombs for use on his boat.

Now, a "devastated" Girard has filed a $2.7 million lawsuit against his estranged wife and the university where she worked until shortly after the raid on their home, saying that Dr. Girard, a psychiatrist, misdiagnosed and improperly treated her husband for more than a decade, and then made false claims about him and disclosed private medical information to police and prosecutors.

The suit alleges that Dr. Girard did so simply to gain an advantage, and a bigger share of the couple's assets, in a now-pending divorce.

Bradford Keene, who represents Girard, said his client's life has been "destroyed" by his estranged wife's allegations.

He spent nearly three months in custody, and now his name is irretrievably linked to the case — a Google search of his name turns up thousands of links, his lawyer said.

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