AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Attorney General’s Office is seeking an injunction under the state’s Civil Rights Act against a 27-year-old man it says beat up a woman and killed her kitten.
The complaint, filed on May 29 in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn, alleges that Joshua Drew of Lewiston is biased against females as a gender.
The complaint includes information that Drew “has specifically expressed hatred against women generally, stating in writing at one of the jails in which he was incarcerated: ‘Is there really any question or wondering why I keep coming back to jail for the exact same thing? Domestic assault.’” the attorney general’s office said in a press release.
“‘Why is it that every woman that comes near me finds a way to [expletive] me over?’” Drew continued, according to the press release. “‘Every last one of you does nothing but fuel my hatred and anger towards women. I do not feel remorse and I am not sorry for the things I have done. My only regret is that I didn’t do worse to the women I assaulted.’”
Drew has a history of domestic violence assaults and acts of terrorizing against women, with convictions in Kennebec, Somerset and Androscoggin counties, according to the attorney general’s office.
He has been convicted four times for domestic violence assault, has violated conditional release five times and has twice violated protection from abuse orders, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. He also has been convicted of cruelty to animals, the newspaper said.
He currently is being held at the Cumberland County Jail following a probation violation conviction in Androscoggin County, according to the Sun Journal. He is due to be released in the fall.
During his most recent domestic violence incident last year, Drew became enraged when told to leave the Livermore Falls home of a female victim, the press release said. He choked her from behind, kicked her in the back of the head, pulled her to the ground, then kicked her in the face. He also killed the victim’s kitten, the AG’s office said.
This is the third time since the law was passed in 1992 that the attorney general’s office has sought an injunction based on gender bias, Brenda Kielty, spokeswoman for the office, said Tuesday.
“It is rare to have evidence of a civil rights violation motivated purely by bias against all women,” Attorney General William Schneider said in the press release. “The Civil Rights Act is one tool to stop violence against women based on this kind of seething hatred of women as an entire class of people.”
In 2009, Anthony Cabana, 42, of Lyman was sentenced to year in jail for violating a 1998 consent agreement that he not assault women, according to the attorney general’s office. He admitted to threatening his live-in girlfriend with a chainsaw in June 2008, then choking her.
The attorney general’s office did not explain why Drew was not serving his sentence at the Androscoggin County Jail.
Under the Maine Civil Rights Act, the attorney general’s office may obtain injunctions against people who use physical force or violence or the threat of physical force or violence motivated by bias against race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or mental disability.
Since 1992, the attorney general’s office has obtained more than 200 civil rights injunctions on behalf of victims of hate crimes, the press release said. There have been nine criminal violations of these orders, all of which resulted in jail sentences.
If the injunction is granted and Drew were to violate it, he would face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office. Her name is Brenda Kielty, not Keilty.