PARKMAN, Maine — A Parkman man was arrested twice Sunday after he allegedly assaulted his wife, causing serious facial injuries, and then violated the conditions of his bail from that arrest by calling her on a TracFone.
James Frances Lonergan, 31, currently is out on bail, a Piscataquis County Jail official confirmed early Monday evening.
Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said that Lonergan was released after a court appearance in Dover-Foxcroft during which he pleaded guilty to violating the conditions of his release from the first of his two arrests.
The first arrest occurred about 2:45 p.m. Sunday, after the assault was reported to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The second happened shortly after 5 p.m., when Lonergan used a cellphone to call his wife, a violation of a condition of his release that prohibited him from having contact with her.
“The victim has obtained a protection from abuse order on behalf of herself and her children,” Almy said, adding that the couple’s two elementary-school aged children were in the residence when the assault occurred.
Almy called the incident “a serious case. [There were] injuries to the victim’s face. She had a broken orbital bone,” Almy said.
A friend of the victim said Lonergan kicked his wife 17 times, breaking her nose and causing cuts to her mouth and tongue as well as bruising.
Almy said Lonergan is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Dover-Foxcroft on Oct. 22 to answer to the domestic violence assault charge.