New York City man accused of tampering with victim in Maine

Posted July 19, 2012, at 2:35 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 25-year-old New York City man was released on bail Wednesday after being arrested for calling his former girlfriend and urging her to drop assault charges against him.

Erik Gangaram made an initial court appearance Wednesday in Rockland District Court on charges of tampering with a victim, and violating a condition of release. Bail was set at $750 and he was later released on bail.

The victim in the case, a Washington resident, contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in April to report that her boyfriend, who had been charged with assaulting her in Portland the past weekend, had started telephoning her to ask her to not pursue the case, according to an affidavit filed by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dwight Burtis. One of the conditions of Gangaram’s bail was that he not have any contact with the woman, the affidavit said.

The woman said Gangaram told her in a phone conversation that the assault charge could ruin his life and he would ruin her life if she did not drop the matter.

Burtis met with the woman April 25 and while there, Gangaram called the woman and Burtis had the woman tape the conversation.

Burtis then called the man and both warned him not to contact the victim again and that he would be charged with the additional crimes. An arrest warrant was obtained May 1.

Gangaram had been in New York City, but was arrested in Maine on Wednesday and made his initial court appearance that day.

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