Fryeburg officers cleared of wrongdoing in alleged party

By Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal
Posted Nov. 09, 2012, at 11:12 a.m.

FRYEBURG, Maine — The police chief and a pair of officers have been returned to duty after an investigation revealed no wrongdoing in connection with a party on Oxen Pull Road.

Chief Philip Weymouth and reserve officers Dale Stout and Andrew Ward had been on administrative leave since Oct. 23 when the town of Fryeburg and some news agencies received an anonymous letter along with a pair of photos.

The letter and photos were made public last month when The Bridgton News published a story about the claims detailed in the letter.

The letter writers had alleged that the Fryeburg police officers encouraged teenagers to drink beer that had been confiscated over the summer. Included was a photo of a town employee’s wife dancing on the hood of a marked Police Department truck.

The party was alleged to have taken place at 9 Oxen Pull Road.

According to The Bridgton News story, the letter writers claimed Chief Weymouth gave his blessing to the party after taking some of the confiscated beer for himself. Weymouth denied the charge, telling a Bridgton News reporter: “Never happened.”

An investigator apparently agreed.

On Oct. 25, Town Manager Sharon Jackson announced she had called in an independent investigator to look into the allegations. That investigator was Portland attorney Jonathan Goodman, who spent the remainder of October and part of November looking into the claims outlined in the anonymous letter.

Goodman recently advised the town of Fryeburg that his conclusion was that the officers had committed no wrongdoing in the matter. Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, Jackson sent out a press release announcing that the officers were back on the job.

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