Comments for: DA decides not to prosecute Messalonskee football coach

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.

OAKLAND | The district attorney has decided not to prosecute a former Maine high school football coach who had been accused of assaulting a player. Somerset County District Attorney Alan Kelley said in a statement Monday that “criminal assault charges are not supported by the evidence.” Wes Littlefield resigned …

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  • Henderson bobby

    Give me a break please . If he assaulted the kids why drop the charges ? In domestic cases if the victim Admits she lied about being hit the DA. most times refuses to drop charges .

    • AKMaineIac

      Because he didn’t? Lacking evidence of a crime, the DA didn’t prosecute. Maybe you’d like to see people prosecuted when there is no evidence to support it. I think it’s wrong, and a complete waste of resources.

      • Henderson bobby

        In a domestic assault case they will make an arrest with no evidence . Witness went to the DA. admitted to lying about the assault DA. still refused to drop charges . In court DA. tried to get a continuance on Grounds he issues a subpoena and the witness was not in court. When in fact he never issued a subpoena . Case was dismissed . My point is they DA. out right lied in his effort to get a conviction. Lacking evidence in this case . An assault is anyone touching you in any way you do not want to be touched . Did the kid want the coach to grab his helmet? were thier anyone witnesses including the kid . I would say yes .Case closed guilty if the kid did not want the coach to touch him . Its all about politics who gets arrested for what.

        • AKMaineIac

          There is no controversy over whether there was contact or not. That it was not, apparently, objectionable to the complainant until he was pressured to find it objectionable is very telling.

          You’re comparing a domestic violence assault to a “simple” assault. Apples and oranges, two completely different situations.

          Clearly, based on the DA’s statement, the evidence was lacking regarding the crime of assault. Because if the evidence had not been lacking, Wes would have been charged.

          An assault is anyone not otherwise authorized to touch you in any way going ahead and touching you. The law in the state of Maine is clear, the criminal law. Any person of custodial authority, parent, guardian, coach, teacher, may use a reasonable amount of force in the discipline and instruction of those under their care.

          Give it a read, then give the state of Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision regarding the issue a read. Then you’ll get a clearer picture.

          And an arrest is the same thing as a summons, you just get taken in to post bail instead if signing a paper promising to appear. Both are intended to insure your appearance in court. And no law enforcement officer ever made an arrest with no evidence of a crime. A victim saying they were assaulted is “evidence”, a bruise and signs of mayhem is “evidence”.

          Have a good day. I hope I’ve helped.

          • Anonymous

            When you are arrested, you are not free to go. You have to go to the jail. When you receive a summons, as long as you sign it, you’re free to go. You haven’t been arrested.

            “Any person of custodial authority, parent, guardian, coach, teacher, may use a reasonable amount of force in the discipline and instruction of those under their care.

            “Give it a read, then give the state of Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision regarding the issue a read. Then you’ll get a clearer picture.”
            So where should we start reading?

          • Henderson bobby

            Victim saying they were assaulted is “evidence”. I am not say this man should go to jail but if it was a domestic case he wold have. Just saying seems like a double standard in the system.

          • AKMaineIac

            No, it doesn’t “seem like” there is a double standard, there is. Domestic violence is seen to be a “crime against the state” where assault is a crime against a person. Normally, an assault victim has to complain about or persecute a case against their assailant. Not so with domestic violence. The state is the victim in a domestic violence case, in an assault case the state is not the victim.

          • Henderson bobby

            Ya right and the DA can out right lie in court to try to get a conviction . Special laws for some.

        • Aaron Fethke

          That’s not the correct definiton of an assault. Context is critical. Kelley seems to have made a good call here.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with the coaches job search.

  • Anonymous

    It amazes me this went to court. Back a few years ago this was common @ a HS football practice. This kid should try the Math or Badminton team. Good Luck, Wes!

    • Anonymous

      In the “old days” it was a good practice if that only happened once.

  • Ryan Robbins

    This kid is obviously a cupcake and the DA realized this.

  • AKMaineIac

    Well. Having made a couple arrests and issued numerous summonses in a prior life, I’ve got passing acquaintance with the purposes and mechanisms of each.

    Get arrested? Some people are released on personal recognizance bail and never go to jail. I’d just issue a summons rather than inventing more work for myself.

    I was you, I’d start with Title 17-A, pay attention to the elements and definitions. Look up, “assault”, then to see the error with regard to domestic violence, look that up and read it.

    The state of Maine Supreme Judicial Courts decision regarding the issue can be found at

    “http://www.courts.state.me.us/opinions_orders/opinions/documents/00me32wi.htm”

    They cite numerous precedents and make a coherent argument to support their decision there.

    Enjoy.

  • Anonymous

    Of course in the paper edition the coach says he will take the same actions wherever he coaches in the future…ADs beware or you’ll find your school in the news as well.

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