South Berwick candidate for House banned from Eliot after 2nd arrest in a month

Posted Oct. 04, 2012, at 11:08 a.m.

ELIOT, Maine — A South Berwick town councilor and independent candidate for the Maine House of Representatives has been banned from the western Maine town of Eliot as part of his bail conditions for his arrest on domestic violence burglary charges, his second in a month.

David Burke, 52, was given the option during his arraignment on Monday in Springvale District Court of posting either $2,500 cash bail or $15,000 in real estate surety. A third bail option included Burke signing a pretrial contract and posting $1,500 cash bail.

On Tuesday, Burke was released from York County Jail, where he had been held since his Sept. 28 arrest, after posting the $2,500 cash bail.

Police were called to an Eliot home just before 8 a.m. Sept. 28. The victim, who is known to Burke, reportedly called police after locking herself in her second-floor bathroom.

Burke, who was arrested at the residence Friday without incident, was originally charged with domestic violence stalking — a felony — and violation of a protection-from-abuse order — a misdemeanor. Those charges were later dropped and replaced with the domestic violence burglary charge.

As prosecutors outlined Monday, Burke was also arrested on Sept. 5 on a charge of violation of a protection from abuse order. When officers responded Friday, he allegedly stated he knew he wasn’t supposed to be there and he also expected he would have contact with the victim in the future.

Citing “a clear lack of insight,” prosecutors originally asked for $10,000 cash bail before a judge imposed several sanctions on Burke pending his release from jail.

Some of these include reporting daily to the South Berwick Police Department, not possessing dangerous weapons, random compliance searches and a ban from entering Eliot unless it’s for travel along Route 236.

He was also ordered to have no face-to-face contact with the victim, nor over telephone, email, text or third-party exchanges. Burke will be re-arrested if he violates these orders.

Burke is next scheduled for a status hearing Jan. 4 in Springvale District Court.

He is in the second year of a three-year term on the South Berwick Town Council. He was re-elected in 2010.

The Bangor Daily News contributed to this report.

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