ROCKLAND — A 38-year-old Washington man was ordered held without bail after turning himself in to jail after he was apparently released by mistake on Christmas Day.

Judge Eric Walker ordered Michael C. Sentell held without bail during a hearing Friday, Dec. 30, on a probation revocation motion filed by the district attorney’s office.

Sentell was on probation for a May 2022 conviction for domestic violence terrorizing when he was arrested Dec. 22 in Washington on charges of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.

He made an initial court appearance on Dec. 23 in the Knox County court on the new charges. A judge set bail at $1,500 cash on the new charges and ordered Sentell held without bail on a probation revocation motion.

Sentell posted the $1,500 bail and was released from jail on Christmas Day. He then received a telephone call from his probation officer, saying he was not supposed to have been released and for him to report back to jail. Assistant District Attorney Kathryn King said Sentell had been accidentally released from jail.

Judge Walker said the jail either accidentally released him or the order of a probation hold did not get to jail officials.

Sentell asked Judge Walker on Dec. 30 to let him be freed on the $1,500 bail he posted.

“I paid the bond, I reported to jail. I cooperated. If this doesn’t prove I am not a flight risk, I’m not sure what does,” Sentell said.

ADA King asked for him to be held without bail on the revocation motion, noting he had prior assault and criminal threatening convictions in Connecticut from 2015 through 2021 and that the victim of the Dec. 22 assault and other charges was the same victim as the May 2022 case.

Sentell had been sentenced in May 2022 to 364 days in jail with all but 90 days suspended and placed on probation for a year.

Judge Walker said his concern was not the flight risk but the risk to public safety in ordering that Sentell be held without bail. He agreed to let Sentell argue bail again after he meets with his assigned attorney. On Dec. 30, attorney Daniel Purdy was the lawyer assigned only to represent any defendant making their initial appearances in court.

One other defendant was also in court Dec. 30 on an initial appearance.

Nathan T. Lanphier, 42, was in court on a felony charge of failing to report to jail.

Lanphier had been sentenced on Aug. 12, 2021 for operating after revocation but was allowed by the court to report to jail on Jan. 3, 2022. He never reported, according to paperwork filed in court.

The district attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint in October, charging Lanphier with felony failure to report.

On Dec. 29, Rockland police responded to a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a car. The officers saw a bottle of liquor by the front passenger seat along with tin foil, according to an affidavit filed in court by Rockland police. Lanphier denied being under the influence and said he was simply tired and pulled over to rest. He declined to participate in field sobriety tests, according to police. A crack pipe was found, along with crack cocaine and scales, according to the affidavit.

Lanphier was then charged with misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of crack cocaine, and violation of a condition of release.

He will now begin serving his year-long sentence for operating after revocation.