Thomaston man banned from school grounds, no contact with two teens

Rockland police charge man for threat against high school

By Stephen Betts | Mar 12, 2018
Photo by: Knox County Jail Tom Sawyer

Rockland — A 20-year-old Thomaston man has been charged with with making threats against Oceanside High School.

Thomas Sawyer of Maurice Avenue was arrested Saturday evening, March 10, and charged with terrorizing, according to records at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

He was released on $1,500 unsecured bail, meaning he did not have to post any money. Bail conditions include that he not be on any Regional School Unit 13 properties and he must not have contact with two teen-age girls listed in the court document.

He must also report three times a week to the Thomaston Police Department.

Rockland Police Chief Bruce Boucher said the department became aware Saturday afternoon of threatening statements on social media. Officers investigated and Thomas was arrested.

The chief said a member of the public alerted the police department. He said he could not detail what the threat was nor on what social media platform the threats were posted. He said that the investigation concluded that Sawyer did not have access to weapons at his residence.

RSU 13 Superintendent John McDonald posted a notice on the district's website following the incident.

"On Saturday, March 10, the Rockland Police Department informed us that they had received information that an adult male had made threatening statements on social media toward Oceanside High School. Their investigation led them to charge the individual involved with this activity. They assure us that the threat poses no danger to our students. However, in an abundance of caution, there will be an increased police presence at Oceanside High School tomorrow, and in general at our other school facilities. As always, the safety of our students is our top priority. I would like to thank the Rockland Police Department for their swift action in this matter, and especially those individuals who reported this activity and helped to quickly resolve the situation," the notice stated.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Stephen Betts | Mar 12, 2018 20:03

Rockland police said he checked in with police today. His bail conditions include requirement that he check into Thomaston Police Officer three times a week.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Mar 12, 2018 15:42

UNSECURED BAIL??????   Now I am told that the Rockland Police Department cannot find him anywhere.  ANY THREAT SHOULD BE TAKEN IN HIGH PRIORITY!  How does one know if this threat this man made toward Oceanside High School poses no danger????  He could have gotten access to weapons easily.   ANY THREAT MADE TO OUR SCHOOLS SHOULD DEMAND THE UTMOST PRIORITY AND SHOULD BE TAKEN EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY!!!

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