Two Mountain View youth center inmates who escaped custody in Dexter apprehended

Posted July 15, 2013, at 12:15 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — Two inmates at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston escaped Sunday evening, but have since been returned to the facility, according to Maine State Police.

State police responded to a report of an escape at 8:54 p.m., at a fitness center in Dexter where six inmates were being supervised by two staff members. Two of the inmates escaped, according to state police.

The inmates were located at a family member’s residence and brought back to the juvenile facility, according to state police. The inmates were not identified.

Calls to Mountain View Youth Development Center were referred to the Department of Corrections. The facility in Charleston houses up to 133 detained and committed juveniles and young adults age 11-21, according to its website. It has a staff of 171 employees.

Maine Department of Corrections Director of Special Projects Scott Fish, reached Monday, had no comment on the incident.

Last July, two inmates escaped from the Charleston facility before being picked up days later.

On July 8, 2012, Randall Moulton, 20, of Bangor and Phillip Gardiner, 24, walked out of the minimum security prison. They had traveled to a public beach and boatlanding in Glenburn, where they were apprehended in the late night hours three days later. The two were taken to Maine State Prison in Warren.

Dylan Perkins escaped from Somerset County Jail in Madison last July, but he was apprehended less than a week later.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte said last year that “Maine has a very good record” when it comes to inmate escapes.

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