North Pond Hermit expected to plead guilty Monday in Augusta court

Christopher Knight (2nd from left) arrives in court Monday.
Alex Barber | BDN
Christopher Knight (2nd from left) arrives in court Monday.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 28, 2013, at 10:45 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The man known as the North Pond Hermit is scheduled to plead guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court on Monday afternoon to several theft and burglary charges, according to the district attorney.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, Christopher Knight, 47, will be accepted into a special court program aimed at helping people with mental health and substance abuse problems called the Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

Knight was indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury in August on six burglary charges and five theft charges. Knight claimed to have lived alone in the woods near North Pond in Kennebec County for 27 years, surviving in part by stealing from camps. Earlier in August, he was indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on one count each of burglary and theft. The Somerset County case was transferred to Kennebec County and is being prosecuted by District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 27.

Knight has been incarcerated at Kennebec County Jail in Augusta since his arrest April 4 in Rome. His bail remains at $25,000, with the condition that only family members could post bail.

Watch for updates. printed on August 17, 2017