May 22, 2018
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Former Lewiston police officer back in court

Timothy Darnell
By Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — A former Lewiston police officer was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in Portland following his arrest last week on charges of violating probation and a protection from abuse order.

At his initial appearance Friday, Timothy Darnell of Poland was ordered to be held without bail until his Tuesday probation violation hearing in Portland, a court clerk said.

He was transferred from Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

His hearing on a charge of violation of a protection from abuse order is scheduled to be held in 8th District Court in Lewiston on Dec. 5, a court clerk said. He was allowed bail on that charge.

Darnell, who was 48 years old when he appeared in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland in August, had pleaded no contest to two domestic violence misdemeanors involving his former girlfriend. He was sentenced to the time he had already served in jail.

A judge sentenced him to 364 days on a count of domestic violence assault and a concurrent 364 days on a count of domestic violence criminal threatening. All of that jail time was suspended.

He also was sentenced to two years of probation starting in August at the time of sentencing. During probation, he was ordered to have no contact with Lorrie Champagne of Lewiston, his former girlfriend. He also was ordered to complete counseling and treatment in a certified batterers’ intervention program.

Darnell was an 18-year veteran of the Lewiston Police Department.

He was arrested by officers at that department in July and charged with violating bail stemming from a charge of assaulting Champagne in the spring. He spent three weeks in jail after his bail had been revoked.

He was arrested in May, accused of assaulting Champagne on Free Street in Portland. He was arrested again the next morning, accused of returning to her home.

At that time, he had already surrendered his police badge and gun and had been placed on administrative leave. A short time later, he resigned.

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