Man arrested for threatening victim to change testimony

By Juliette Laaka | Aug 04, 2014

Rockland — A 31-year-old Union man was arrested Aug. 1 after being accused of threatening a woman to change her testimony against him involving an April assault charge.

Michael A. Adams is charged with two counts of violating conditions of release and one count of tampering with a witness. He will make an initial appearance in Sixth District Court Aug. 4.

Adams' former girlfriend told police that in July, she and Adams met, and he told her she should change her testimony against him if she wanted to make a relationship between them possible. He instructed her to tell police she wanted to drop all charges against him and said if she did not, then he would snap her neck and kill her, according to an affidavit filed by Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Dwight Burtis.

Although the victim agreed to meet Adams, she said once he began threatening her, she became scared.

Adams is barred from having contact with the victim as part of his bail conditions. They did not speak after his April arrest until July 3.  The victim told Burtis she wanted to talk to Adams before she spoke with the District Attorney's Office because she wanted to have the no contact stipulation lifted.

Adams and the victim met twice, once alone and another time at his friend's residence in Washington.

When Adams was interviewed at the Knox County Jail, he admitted to meeting with the victim and said she contacted him first through a dating website.

He said he met with her because he wanted her to write the truth about the assault in April. He said he did not choke her as she had claimed, and he wanted to her change her statement to reflect the truth.

Adams added that the victim is jealous of his having a new girlfriend.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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