May 23, 2018
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Belfast man accused of trying to force woman to take IV drugs

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELMONT, Maine — A man accused of trapping a woman in her house this weekend during a daylong-ordeal that included allegedly forcing her to take IV drugs as well as assaulting her has been arrested.

Christopher McGinn, 26, of Belfast, remained in police custody Monday afternoon after being arrested Sunday evening, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman reported to police that he had come to her Belmont home Saturday morning and proceeded to terrorize her until nighttime. Small children also were present in the trailer during the ordeal, Trafton said.

The woman is not being named because the BDN typically does not identify crime victims.

“She’s scared of him, so he just barges in whenever he wants,” the chief deputy said. “He was argumentative, and she caught him using IV drugs in the bathroom. She said he tried to force her to use the same IV drug. He sprayed it into her mouth against her will.”

McGinn also allegedly assaulted the woman by pushing her down and leaving bruises.

“He had unplugged the phone so she couldn’t call for help,” Trafton said. “He held her in the trailer and wouldn’t let her leave.”

The woman told police that McGinn said he would report to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services that she was using IV drugs so that officials would take her children away.

The episode ended about 8:30 p.m., when McGinn allegedly called the woman’s mother to have her come and and pick up her daughter and grandchildren. The mother came and brought them to a safe place, Trafton said.

The victim sought medical attention Sunday and then came to police to report the incident.

“She had some bruises and some needle marks,” Trafton said.

Police located McGinn and charged him with kidnapping and domestic violence assault. He was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked. A jail official said Monday afternoon that his bail had been set at $250 cash and a probation-type contract with the Volunteers of America.

To report a sexual assault, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This is a confidential 24-hour toll-free line accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual assault support center.

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