Judge orders theft suspect to meet with psychologist

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 28, 2011, at 1:54 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge on Wednesday ordered a man arrested twice in 24 hours to undergo a psychological evaluation and to cooperate fully with the psychologist, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge E. Mary Kelly also ordered that Steven Kinsella, 40, of Passadumkeag be held without bail until Feb. 18, when a hearing on a motion to revoke his bail on charges stemming from an incident Sunday is scheduled to be held, Brandon Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said late Wednesday afternoon.

While it is not unusual for a judge to order a psychological evaluation, it is unusual for one to order a defendant to cooperate, Trainor said.

Wednesday was Kinsella’s second appearance before a judge at the Penobscot Judicial Center in 48 hours.

He first was arrested Sunday evening on Goulds Ridge Road in Passadumkeag after he went to a neighbor’s house and told the couple living there that he was a Maine State Police trooper, Deputy Ray Goodspeed, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department deputy who arrested him, said Monday.

Once inside his neighbor’s residence, Kinsella allegedly began to take items from the couple’s home. He was charged with theft and impersonating an officer but not with burglary as initially reported.

After his court appearance Monday, he allegedly went into downtown Bangor and ordered dinner at Paddy Murphy’s restaurant, according to Bangor police. After consuming $40.12 in food and beverages at the Irish restaurant, Kinsella attempted to leave without paying, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Police were sent to the restaurant around 10:20 p.m., and Kinsella was arrested for alleged theft of services and violating his conditions of release, which bar him from breaking the law.

If convicted, Kinsella faces up to six months in jail and fines of $1,000 on each charge.

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