OLD TOWN, Maine — A 28-year-old Old Town man is facing a domestic violence stalking charge after he allegedly violated — for the second time — a protection order obtained by his former live-in girlfriend and mother of his child.
The stalking charge is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Edward Reardon III also is charged with violation of a protection order, Deputy Ryan Fitch of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Reardon, who was arrested on Nov. 1, remained at Penobscot County Jail on Thursday night unable to post $1,000 cash bail, a jail official confirmed.
Fitch said the first protection order violation occurred on Oct. 7. At that time, Reardon was arrested by Orono police Officer David Silk.
“Our records show that he either pled guilty or was found guilty of that charge so therefore he had a conviction,” Fitch said.
Fitch said Reardon violated the protection order on Oct. 23 by having telephone contact with his victim. He was arrested on Nov. 1.
“By violating it a second time, that [results in a charge of] domestic violence stalking because it’s continuous behavior. That ratchets it up to a felony,” the deputy said. “It’s very serious obviously when [someone] continues to violate a protection order.
“It took a while for us to find him,” Fitch said.
Fitch and two Old Town police officers went to a Lincoln Street residence after learning that Reardon had been renting a room there. They found Reardon hiding in the basement underneath a wooden door, Fitch said.
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