Ellsworth officer charged with domestic violence no longer receiving city paycheck

Andrew Weatherbee stands with his lawyer during his arraignment hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
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Andrew Weatherbee stands with his lawyer during his arraignment hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Buy Photo
Posted March 20, 2013, at 11:52 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth police officer charged with domestic-violence assault in January has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, according to the city’s manager.

Andrew Weatherbee, 30, was arrested on Jan. 27 after allegedly pushing down his 32-year-old girlfriend and then repeatedly holding her down after she got upset about a text message he had written, Holden Police Chief Gene Worcester said at the time of the arrest.

Weatherbee had been on paid administrative leave since the arrest, but will no longer receive a city paycheck while he’s out of work, City Manager Michelle Beal said in an email on March 15. Beal said the city would hold off on further action against Weatherbee until his charges are resolved.

“Once the criminal proceedings have been concluded and the city has all the information, we will decide how to proceed,” Beal said.

Weatherbee appeared in Penobscot County Superior Court on March 14. At that time, Justice Kevin Cuddy denied a written request from the alleged victim to ease Weatherbee’s bail conditions to allow him to have contact with her again.

The victim was not present in court, and Cuddy said he would not approve the request until he was able to speak to her in person.

Cuddy also scheduled a May 7 dispositional conference for Weatherbee, who remains free on personal recognizance.

Domestic-violence assault is a Class D crime, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Ellsworth Police Chief John DeLeo has said the department had disciplined Weatherbee in the past, but has declined to provide specifics about any previous disciplinary action.

Weatherbee also was honored one year ago by his peers at Ellsworth Police Department for rescuing a man from a burning car in the early hours of Oct. 9, 2011.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 1-866-834-4357, TRS 1-800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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