Maine judge refuses to drop charge against Massachusetts private investigator

Posted Oct. 04, 2013, at 2:31 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The state will continue to prosecute its case against a private investigator from Massachusetts who was charged with doing business in Maine without a license.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm denied Tuesday a request by the defense attorney for Joshua A. Gray to drop the charge of improper conduct in private investigating. Gray, 36, had sought to have the charge dropped, citing the length of time it had taken the state to charge him.

Gray has pleaded not guilty to the offense.

According to a complaint filed in Knox County Superior Court by the district attorney’s office, the offense occurred on April 19, 2011, in Union. Maine State Police Detective David Pelletier issued a summons to Gray on March 6, 2013, and the district attorney’s office filed its criminal complaint on April 22, 2013.

Gray, who lives in Winchendon, Mass., is licensed in other jurisdictions and had applied for a license in Maine but did not have it when the state alleges that the offense occurred.

Gray’s attorney, Roger Hurley of Camden, argued before Hjelm last month that his client’s rights to a speedy trial had been denied him by the state waiting so long to file the charges. The attorney argued that the delay hampered his client’s ability to put up a defense as well as caused unnecessary anxiety for his client.

No other details were available. Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody said he did not want to discuss details of the case while it is pending in court. Pelletier was not immediately available for comment.

A telephone message also was left with Hurley Friday.

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