Maine Warden Service chief pilot accused of domestic violence to enter plea, DA says

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 08, 2012, at 4:11 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The chief pilot with the Maine Warden Service is scheduled to enter a plea later this month on charges of with domestic violence assault, obstructing the report of a crime and criminal mischief, according to the Piscataquis County district attorney’s office.

Charles Later, 54, of Shirley was charged in June, according to Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.

According to the district attorney’s office, Later is scheduled to enter a plea and be sentenced on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

Almy would not disclose the details of the plea agreement on Wednesday.

On June 25, Later’s attorney, David Szewczyk, entered a not guilty plea on Later’s behalf in Piscataquis County Superior Court. Later had requested a jury trial.

Szewczyk was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

Later was charged by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department on June 3, Almy said two months ago.

Almy said in June that the charges stem from an investigation into an alleged assault on a woman at Later’s residence in Shirley.

He said that Later, who had been drinking, got into an altercation with the victim and while she was trying to call 911 for help, damaged the telephone and shoved her.

After his arrest, Later was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the sheriff’s investigation and a review by the Piscataquis County district attorney’s office, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service, which is conducting its own independent investigation of the incident.

MacDonald said Wednesday that he had no new information on the case.

Later was hired as the warden service’s chief pilot in April 1999, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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