BELFAST, Maine — Police arrested a man after he made an obscene gesture at his ex-girlfriend Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Belfast drugstore.
Craig Sullivan, 22, of Morril, allegedly extended his middle finger, or flipped the bird, at the woman at about 1 p.m. outside the Walgreens on Main Street. The gesture was in violation of the protection order the woman has against Sullivan, according to Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden.
“He clapped his hands to get the protected person’s attention. He gives the protected person the finger,” the chief said Thursday. “The protected person said, ‘That’s a violation of the protection order.’ He said, ‘They’re not going to arrest me for that.’ Well, guess what?”
There are already laws in place to prohibit a person from harassing, terrorizing or tormenting others, the chief said. But protection orders are intended to prevent any kind of contact, direct or indirect, with the protected party.
“This is just a classic example of why a protection order was issued,” McFadden said. “When it says no contact, it means no contact.”
The ex-girlfriend called police to report the violation of the protection order, and a Maine State Police trooper went to Sullivan’s home in Morrill later that night.
McFadden believes Sullivan did not think it was possible to be arrested for making the gesture at his ex-girlfriend because the trooper found a pot pipe in his pants.
“I believe if he thought it was possible, he would have taken the pot pipe out of his pocket,” McFadden said.
Sullivan was arrested and charged with violation of his conditions of release from a prior offense, violation of a protection order, and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
According to Belfast police, Sullivan was arrested in September 2011 for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl earlier in the year.
He was charged with five counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of possession of sexually explicit material, according to police records.
He was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast on Wednesday, where he remained in police custody Thursday.
A jail official said Sullivan is being held without bail because he violated the conditions of release from the prior offense.