HOULTON, Maine — Police have arrested a Houlton man and charged him with multiple crimes after he allegedly burned two youngsters with a lit cigarette.
Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said late Thursday afternoon that Adam Maguire, 28, was charged with violating conditions of release, two counts of domestic violence assault and two counts endangering the welfare of a child.
The Bangor Daily News is not releasing the names of the youngsters as they are victims.
According to police, Maguire burned both of the children with a lit cigarette in their upper back and neck areas “in an attempt to show them pain compliance while meditating.”
Asselin said both victims had superficial burns on their skin.
The alleged acts were committed on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Maguire’s residence on State Street.
Maguire is currently on probation for the December 2008 Andy’s IGA burglary.
Maguire disclosed to Houlton Detective Kris Calaman that he has a history of self-mutilation.
Police received a statement from Maguire’s girlfriend, who said she and Maguire were showing the two children meditation techniques. They thought meditation would be helpful because one of the youngsters had been diagnosed with ADHD. The children were informed that when you clear your mind, you are no longer susceptible to pain, according to the police report.
The matter was referred to the Houlton Police Department by the Department of Health and Human Services. The children are now in the care of relatives.
Calaman is the investigating officer in the case, which remains under investigation.