ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Thomaston man accused of assaulting his wife was able to return to his home last week after a judge agreed — with the support of the alleged victim — to amend the bail condition.
Philip R. Arsenault was arrested March 28 and charged with domestic violence assault at the couple’s home.
He was arrested and released on $250 cash bail. On April 5 in Rockland District Court, he pleaded not guilty to the charge. At that initial appearance, his attorney, Philip Cohen of Waldoboro, asked that Arsenault be allowed to go back to the residence because his secondary job is automotive repair and he does that at the couple’s home. There would be a financial hardship on the family if he was not allowed back home, Cohen said.
The alleged victim in the domestic violence case — his wife — spoke before the court and asked Judge Patricia Worth for the condition to be amended. She agreed it would be a financial hardship on the family.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody argued against the change. He pointed out that Arsenault had been charged with assault against the same woman in 2005 but that it was dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea to disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
Baroody said Arsenault held the victim down and took her telephone. The couple’s young daughter called 911 which led police to respond.
Judge Worth allowed the bail condition to be amended but ordered Arsenault to refrain from use of alcohol.
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