SARANAC LAKE - Former Franklin County Public Defender William McCallig is facing additional charges for his alleged drunken behavior Saturday night.
According to Malone village police, McCallig, 40, of Malone, was arrested late Sunday night and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal contempt and one count of disorderly conduct. He was arraigned in Malone village court and released on bail, which was set at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond, to appear at a later date.
According to Malone village police, McCallig went to Fat Jake's Bar in Malone Saturday evening and refused to leave, even though a woman who had a stay-away order against him was in the bar. After he left the bar, he stood on the sidewalk and yelled obscenities.
McCallig was arrested by Malone-based state police in February and charged with forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor. Allegedly, he touched the intimate parts of a female at The Pines, a bar in Malone. He pleaded not guilty in March.
McCallig was appointed interim public defender in July 2007, after the sudden resignation of public defender Mark McCormick. Thomas Soucia was appointed permanent public defender by the county Board of Legislators in November, and McCallig went into private practice in Malone.
McCallig was also removed as defense counsel to Harold McCloud III, 29, of Malone. McCloud is charged with rape, assault, unlawful imprisonment, grand larceny, and a host of other felonies and misdemeanors.
Contact Nathan Brown at 891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.