Retired trooper loses certification despite dismissal of domestic assault charge

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 01, 2011, at 12:51 p.m.

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.

 

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