April 23, 2018
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No bail for Harpswell man accused of choking girlfriend

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

HARPSWELL, Maine — A local man is being held Monday without bail on a charge of domestic violence aggravated assault after police say he choked his girlfriend until she passed out Sunday night.

Steven Stemp, 36, was arrested at a family member’s house early Monday morning, Lt. Don Foss of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

A sheriff’s deputy went to Brunswick, where Stemp’s girlfriend had fled with her children to a friend’s house after the alleged assault, just after 8 p.m. Sunday.

“She described a physical altercation [in which] he grabbed her by the neck, and she says she kind of blacked out and doesn’t remember much that happened after that,” Foss said of the woman, who was treated at a local hospital.

Stemp is being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail pending arraignment on Wednesday, according to an official at the jail.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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