ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man has pleaded guilty and begun serving a yearlong prison sentence in connection with an incident late last year in which a teenage boy from Southwest Harbor tried to commit suicide by running in front of moving vehicles.
Sean P. Arey, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this month in Hancock County Superior Court to a charge of aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs, according to court documents. He was ordered to serve a year in prison and to pay $500 in fines and restitution.
Two other charges against Arey, each for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Arey’s sentence was stayed until Sept. 21 to give him time to pay the money. He has a prior conviction in Hancock County Superior Court, on Feb. 20, 2009, for aggravated trafficking in drugs, court documents indicate.
The incident that most recently drew police attention to Arey occurred the day after Christmas last year. Witnesses called Ellsworth police around 8 a.m. on Dec. 26 to report that a barefoot 16-year-old boy was darting in front of moving vehicles on Shore Road and State Street in an apparent attempt to commit suicide.
According to a police affidavit about the incident, some motorists stopped, including an off-duty Bar Harbor police officer, and held the boy to prevent him from running into the road. Police took the boy to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, where he later acknowledged to police he had consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms during a gathering on Jude Lane the night before. The boy did not suffer any serious injuries in the incident.
After interviewing several people who had been at the gathering, police interviewed Arey, who at first denied that there had been any drugs at the gathering. Later in the interview, after police had found “a large amount of mushrooms” in a duffel bag that belonged to Arey, he acknowledged he had taken the drug to the gathering and made them available to anyone who wanted them.
Police later determined that Arey had 42 grams, or 1.5 ounces, of mushrooms in the duffel bag.
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