November 21, 2018
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Augusta priest facing drug charge appears in court

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Episcopal priest charged with mailing prescription drugs to inmates at a Maine jail has made his first court appearance.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the Rev. Stephen Foote was not required to enter a plea in Lincoln County Superior Court on Thursday, but bail conditions were modified slightly.

The 70-year-old Foote, who lives in Bremen and was serving at St. Mark’s in Augusta, is charged with trafficking in prison contraband. He’s free on unsecured bail.

Prosecutors say he mailed suboxone to an inmate he knows at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction but can be abused.

Two inmates are also facing charges.

Foote’s attorney did not comment.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has placed Foote on administrative leave.


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