A 33-year-old man with a lengthy history of mental illness and offenses that include arson and aiding in the suicide of another prisoner remains at the Knox County Jail with a judge voicing concern about public safety.

Justice Michael Westcott set bail for Kenneth R. Moore at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety. Moore was arrested May 10 for assault on an emergency medical care provider and violating a condition of release.

According to a police report filed in court, Moore assaulted a paramedic who was taking him from Camden to Penobscot Bay Medical Center. Moore was taken to the hospital after suffering hallucinations at the Camden home where he was staying.

Moore was on bail on an Aroostook County case with the stipulation that he remain under the supervision of a former prison guard. That former guard spoke before the court May 11 asking that Moore be allowed to make bail so that she could continue to watch him. She noted she knew Moore from when she worked at the prison and he was an inmate and that she wanted to help him.

Attorney William Pagnano, who was the defense counsel for the day for jail inmates awaiting a court hearing, asked for bail to be set at $1,000.

Judge Westcott, however, cited Moore’s mental health issues in both setting a higher bail and also requiring that he agree to a contract with Maine Pre-Trial Services. The prison guard who is watching Moore told the judge, however, that Maine Pre-Trial has recently rejected an agreement with Moore for his Aroostook County case.

“I have concerns about his behavior,” the judge said.

“There are issues that if not addressed, public safety will be at risk,” Westcott added.

The report from Camden police noted that the paramedic reported that Moore tried to rip off monitors from inside the ambulance and then grabbed the paramedic by the chest and twisted hard. Moore then struck the paramedic in the face, the police report noted.

Camden Police Officer Curt Andrick responded to where the ambulance had stopped by the Market Basket on Route 1 in Rockport. The officer warned Moore to calm down or be zapped by a Taser. Moore was eventually taken to the hospital where he had to be restrained and sedated after becoming violent in the emergency department.

Moore was originally sentenced to the Maine State Prison for burglary in the mid-1990s. In 1997, Moore was sentenced to 12 additional years behind bars with four years suspended for arson at the prison.

In October 2001, the court ordered Moore to spend 12 additional months in prison for violating his probation for his role in aiding another prisoner in committing suicide in July 2000. According to court records, Moore gave inmate James Thomas advice on how to hang himself and then did not alert guards when Thomas followed through on the act.

Court records from previous cases stated that Moore was severely abused as a child and notes that he has long suffered from mental illness including hallucinations and self-mutilation.