June 18, 2018
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Saco teen in home for troubled youths accused of assaulting staff

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SACO, Maine — A Saco teenager was charged with assault and disorderly conduct Wednesday after he grew out of control at Sweetser, police said.

Sweetser is a center for troubled youths, Saco Deputy Chief Jeff Holland said.

The teen, whose name police aren’t releasing because he is a juvenile, was yelling at staff members and demanding that police arrest him, Holland said.

The suspect, who was also using foul language, allegedly threw a cup of coffee at a staff member and damaged a wooden chair.

Police summoned the boy for assault and criminal mischief but did not arrest him, Holland said. He was transported to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, where he remains pending a hearing which Holland expects to happen in the next few days.

The deputy chief said that hearing will determine whether the teen will remain at Long Creek or be allowed to return to Sweetser, whose staff has guardianship over him.

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