Prank call to suicide hotline nets man 30 days in jail
Rockland — A former Rockland resident was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail for calling a national suicide hotline to falsely report that a city woman was trying to kill herself.
Ryan C. Guimond, 26, of Hallowell, was sentenced April 7 by Judge Susan Sparaco in Knox County Court for making a false public report and violating a condition of release. He pleaded guilty at his initial appearance in court.
Guimond was free on bail for a prior felony theft charge.
Rockland police received a report shortly before 6 a.m. March 16 from a suicide hotline that a Rockland woman had taken an overdose of heroin after cutting herself.
Officers responded to the residence referenced in the call and awoke a woman and her two children. Police said no one appeared in distress and the woman said she had not called the hotline, had not cut herself, nor taken heroin.
Police contacted the hotline and a representative provided them with the cell phone number from which a text had been received, informing of the suicide attempt. The number corresponded with one that police had for Guimond, who police say they were familiar with when he lived in Rockland, according to an affidavit filed in court.
A Rockland officer tried to contact Guimond by phone without success. The department then contacted Hallowell police, who located Guimond that night and arrested him on other charges. Those charges were not specified in the affidavit.
Rockland police contacted Guimond by telephone when he was in jail. The man initially denied sending the text, but later admitted he had been drunk and "thought it would be a funny prank," according to the police report filed in court. Guimond later said he was an "Idiot" and a "dumb ass."
Police obtained a search warrant for Guimond's phone and found the text to the crisis line. There were also texts to the woman whom he claimed to be, including one saying the prank "wasn't for you. I was pranking the cops...lol" followed by "hahahahaha."