Old assault charges surface against House 47 Republican candidateCharges were later dismissed
Rockland — Gordon Mank Jr., who is the Republican nominee for House District 47 for Rockland and part of Owls Head, in February 2008 was charged with domestic violence assault and assault, according to records from Farmington District Court.
He was arrested and taken to Franklin County Jail. The charges were later dismissed.
The complaint from Farmington District Court said that Mank on Feb. 23 struck a 15-year-old young man.
At the same time he was charged with assault involving a 14-year-old girl who was traveling with Mank and the young man, according to the complaint.
On Feb. 23 he was released on $3,000 unsecured bail for both offenses. Conditions of release said he should not use any alcohol or drugs, or possess any alcohol or drugs; he must submit to searches, and have no direct or indirect contact with the girl.
He was required to appear in district court on April 10, 2008.
At the April trial, Mank negotiated a deferred disposition that lead to a dismissal of the charges under certain conditions.
In an agreement, Mank indicated that he understood if he violated any of the requirements, he would be arrested and possibly jailed again. The agreement could also be terminated and he could be sentenced again.
The dismissal was signed by the assistant district attorney.
More recently, Mank has been questioned concerning where he lives because of his candidacy for the Legislature. Critics say he has been living at the Mid-Coast Hospitality House, which he manages, and not at his former home on Grace Street in Rockland. The shelter is in Rockport, not Rockland. As a candidate for the Legislature, he must live in the district he wants to represent, according to the Maine Constitution. Rockport is in a different district from Rockland.
When he signed his bail bond application in 2008, he gave as his address, "169 Old County Road, Rockland." Then he gave the Rockport ZIP code of 04856.
But 169 Old County Road is the address for the Mid-Coast Hospitality House in Rockport. It is not in Rockland.
Mank did not immediately respond to an email asking for his comment on this story.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.