WOODLAND, Maine — A Woodland man and convicted sex offender who was charged last year in connection with a home invasion that sent him to the hospital with gunshot wounds has been returned to prison for five years on a probation violation connected to the incident.
Mark L. Crouch, 37, was found to have violated his probation in late June by Aroostook County Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter, Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney John Pluto said earlier this week. Crouch was out on probation after having been convicted of gross sexual assault in 2003, Pluto said. On that charge, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail with all but 10 years suspended and six years of probation.
Pluto explained that Crouch’s latest troubles began when he went out drinking with friends in Presque Isle on Sept. 22, 2012.
One of the individuals separated from the party and returned to his home on New Sweden Road in Woodland, and later another friend also went to the home. A short time later, Crouch realized that the friend had some property in his pockets that belonged to him, so he allegedly went to the house in the early morning hours and kicked in the door.
Police said that the homeowner called 911 and that in the darkness, Crouch assaulted the homeowner, but Crouch was shot in the process. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of his wounds and was later charged with aggravated criminal mischief and assault. That case is advancing through the court system.
Pluto said that he was happy with Crouch’s sentence.
“It was silly, because the items he went to get at that house that night weren’t things he needed right away,” he said. “This could have all been avoided.”