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Friday, April 16, 2010

[ME] Matthew Raymond's sweet deal: Stalking dropped, no jail, unsupervised probation, AND he can work as a cop again next year.

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[ME] Officer Raymond arrested for domestic violence stalking

Stalking charges dropped; jail sentence suspended

By Deborah Mcdermott
April 13, 2010 2:00 AM
[Excerpts] A former Eliot police officer charged with stalking an ex-girlfriend last year was found guilty Monday on a lesser charge of harassment by telephone in a plea agreement with the state. The attorney representing Matthew Raymond, 29, of Sanford, Maine, said the reduced charge came about because of incorrect "suggestions" made by police to the victim about Raymond's movements. Raymond was given a 30-day suspended sentence with one year of administrative release, which means he does not have to report regularly to a probation officer, said York County District Attorney Mark Lawrence. During that year, he cannot carry any firearm or weapon, have contact with the victim or serve as a law enforcement officer. The harassment charge is a less serious crime than the domestic violence stalking charge on which he was indicted by a York County Superior Court grand jury. Raymond had been charged with following his former girlfriend in person, on the phone and on social networking Web sites during the two months after they broke up in January 2009 and before she filed charges... [Full article here]
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