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Lawyer sets up fund to help pay restitution for ‘North Pond Hermit’

Carter F. McCall | BDN
Carter F. McCall | BDN
Christopher Knight appears with his lawyer for his arraignment hearing at the Kennebec County Superior Courthouse on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — The attorney representing the man known as the “North Pond Hermit” has set up a fund to assist his client in paying what is expected to be “substantial restitution.”

Christopher Knight, 47, has been held in Kennebec County Jail in Augusta since his arrest earlier this month after he was caught allegedly burglarizing the Pine Tree Camp in Rome. On Friday, he also was charged with burglary and theft for stealing food and the pair of jeans and the brown leather belt he was wearing when he was apprehended after reportedly living alone in the woods for 27 years.

Knight allegedly admitted to committing more than 1,000 burglaries to area camps and homes while living in the woods to steal items, such as food, sleeping bags and clothing, he needed in order to survive.

“Given the extraordinary interest in helping Chris we have decided to open an account today to help Chris pay what will be the substantial restitution he will owe for what he took,” attorney Walter McKee said Wednesday in an email. “Chris very much wants to make things right. Any and all monies will be used exclusively for restitution payments to victims. If by chance there are any monies left over they will be placed in a trust account for Chris’ living expenses after he is released from jail.”

McKee, who was appointed by Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills to represent Knight, said the money would not be used “for any other purpose.”

People who want to donate to this account may send checks or money orders payable to “McKee Billings, LLC, PA, Christopher T. Knight Escrow.” Donations may sent to McKee’s office at 133 State St. Augusta, Maine 04330.

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