Knox County closed cases

Charges dropped against man accused of attempted strangling

By Stephen Betts | Oct 06, 2017

Rockland — The most serious charges against a Camden man accused of trying to strangle a woman were dismissed this week after a judge rejected a request by the state for additional time to track down the victim.

Justice Daniel Billings rejected an assistant district attorney's motion to continue the trial of 35-year-old Nathaniel Hussey. That ruling led the state to reach a plea deal with Hussey in which the most serious charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, and domestic violence criminal threatening were dismissed.

Jury selection had been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the trial expected to be held Thursday and Friday.

The denial of the continuance was made without a hearing on the morning of the planned jury selection.

The motion filed by Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody detailed the efforts of the prosecution and local police to locate the woman. Baroody said this was the most extensive effort to find a witness in recent memory.

Without her testimony, the state agreed to a plea deal in which Hussey was sentenced to three months in jail for criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime Feb. 26 in Camden.

Camden police located the victim later in the week, but it was too late to change the outcome.

An affidavit filed in court in March by Camden police stated that the alleged victim came into the police station and reported that in the prior week, Hussey had struck her in the leg with his fist. She went outside and he would not let her back in the house and she slept in her car. Hussey came out during the night and told her she could come back inside, but when she informed him that she would remain in the car, he kicked it repeatedly. The kicks were so strong that the fender was pushed in and a door could not open fully, according to the affidavit.

In the morning, the woman said, she returned to the house and went to the bedroom to sleep. She awoke to Hussey standing over her yelling. He then punched her, head-butted her in the face and told her neither of them would leave the room alive and he put his hands around her neck and attempted to strangle her, according to the police report. The woman said she became dizzy and he eventually stopped.

Hussey had recently gotten out of prison, according to the affidavit.

Other cases completed Sept. 29 through Oct. 6 in Knox County court were:

Christine Starrett, 56, Glenburn, three counts of harassment by telephone, 60 days in jail; two counts of violating a protection from abuse order in Warren, 60 days in jail; two counts of violating a condition of release, 60 days in jail.

Jarrod C. Bergeron, 33, Rockland, probation violation on a prior charge of possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under 12, 30 days in jail.

John Adam Ridlon, 36, Waldoboro, probation violation on a prior domestic violence terrorizing charge, 55 days in jail.

Allan Gustafson, 46, Somerville, operating under the influence, 150-day license suspension, $750 fine.

Kenneth Neild Jr., 25, Waldoboro, probation violation on a prior burglary charge, three days in jail.

Matthew S. Catalano, 34, Cushing, operating while license suspended, 72 hours in jail, $500 fine; violating condition of release, 72 hours in jail.

Sophia R. Fuller, 70, Belfast, criminal trespass, dismissed.

Svetlana M.Lawry, 54, Warren, OUI, dismissed.

Seth Sargent, 36, Portland, violating a condition of release, 90 days in jail.

Patrick Dupuie, 32, Rockport, domestic violence assault, dismissed; criminal restraint, dismissed; falsifying physical evidence June 24, 2016, in Rockland, $400 fine.

Jesse Ulvila, 33, Appleton, two counts of domestic violence assault, both dismissed.

Katherine Grealish, 53, Houston, operating after registration suspended, $150 fine.

Troy C. Johnson, 47, Cushing, unlawful cutting of trees, $825 fine.

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