ROCKLAND — A 28-year-old Rockport man remains in jail for assaulting a woman over the weekend while he was free on bail for illegally trying to acquire a firearm.

Caleb J. Meklin was arrested Sunday morning, July 10, in Rockport and charged with Class B aggravated assault, unlawful possession of Xanax, and violating a condition of release. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and made his initial appearance on the new criminal charges Monday afternoon, July 11, in the Knox County court.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ordered Meklin held without bail on a motion by the district attorney’s office to revoke his pre-conviction bail on the December 2021 gun charge. Meklin can argue for bail at a later time once his attorney reviews the case.

According to affidavits filed by both the Rockport and Rockland police departments in the court, the woman said Meklin put his hands around her neck and tried to “choke her out.” The woman said she had a difficult time breathing, and could not speak. Officers said there was a red u-shaped mark around the woman’s neck and a large red mark on her left arm.

Meklin was on bail after being arrested in December 2021 on a warrant obtained by the Rockland Police Department for attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, attempted violation of a protection order, and unsworn falsification. He was released on $1,500 cash bail on Dec. 22.

At the time of his attempt to buy a firearm, Meklin had a protection from abuse order lodged against him — by a separate woman from the July 10 assault — in which he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

On Feb. 25, while free on bail, Rockport police issued Meklin a summons for leaving the scene of an accident, operating after suspension with priors, and violation of a condition of release for the new alleged criminal conduct.  He was released on personal recognizance bail April 25.

Rockport police charged Meklin May 15 with another operating after suspension charge, as well as another violation of a condition of release, because he, again, is accused of committing a new offense by a operating a vehicle.

The district attorney’s office filed a motion with the court May 23 to have Meklin’s bail revoked for those violations prior to his arrest over the weekend. An arrest warrant had been issued but not served on him at the time of his July 11 arrest.

Meklin’s next scheduled court hearing is Aug. 25.