Rockland man accused of assaulting mother

By Stephen Betts | Jan 10, 2018

Rockland — A 30-year-old Rockland man was arrested Tuesday night, Jan. 9, accused of assaulting his mother and destroying some of her belongings.

Zachary F. Tainter was charged with felony domestic violence assault, criminal mischief and violating a condition of release. The assault charge is a felony because he was convicted in 2012 of domestic abuse criminal threatening.

According to an affidavit filed by Rockland police in Knox County Unified Court, the victim came to the Rockland police station to report the offenses. The woman had walked to the police station from Thomaston Street because her son had her car keys, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police that her son was intoxicated and had smoked a substance called spice.

She said he became argumentative and was yelling in her face to the point that she left the house to get away from him. When she returned, he continued his behavior and then picked her up and squeezed her hard and threw her down hard on the couch, breaking it.

He continued to pick her up and squeeze her hard and would not let her leave, according to the affidavit. She ultimately was able to get out of the house.

He also damaged her computer, according to court papers.

At his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon Jan. 10, Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $1,000 cash, as requested by the defense and District Attorney's Office.

Tainter is next scheduled to appear in court March 1.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Don Dickinson | Jan 11, 2018 10:50

I also know him. Not only does he have a job, he has two.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 11, 2018 10:36

There has always been youths that experiment with drugs and alcohol and if yours didn't perhaps you got lucky. Some do have better parenting skills than others but I agree with Chris Chappell, if you don't know why lump all youth in one category. Time to retire as director of the universe, Mary?

Posted by: Harbor Light | Jan 11, 2018 08:59

Yes, I know them personally and yes he has had a job since he was young, but unfortunately, some teens and young adults these days, are taken over by their addictions, leading to situations such as these. Please refrain from commenting if you do not know the back story of this family.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 10, 2018 17:16

Doesn't anyone in this age bracket of her son, work? What is it that kids live home as adults and don't work? Are the parents lacking in teaching by example the Down East work ethic? Perhaps blaming it to drugs would work, but I raised my sons and daughters and they raised my grandchildren. All worked while going to High School summers and College. Just asking for dialog here!

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