May 25, 2018
Augusta Latest News | Poll Questions | DHHS Report | Islesboro Ferry | Election 2018

Retired trooper loses certification despite dismissal of domestic assault charge

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A retired Maine State Police trooper has had his right to be a law enforcement officer in the state revoked because of an allegation that he assaulted his wife, even though charges in the case were dismissed.

An appeals panel of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy concluded this week that Mark Sawyer likely assaulted his wife at their Oakland home in March 2009.

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed by the district attorney after his wife recanted.

The Kennebec Journal reported that an assistant attorney general who represented the academy trustees argued that Michelle Sawyer told the truth when she reported the assault, but lied later to protect her husband.

Michelle Sawyer told the panel she was not assaulted.

Sawyer, a 23-year veteran, retired after he was charged.


Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

You may also like