Judge orders Owls Head man held without bail on domestic violence assault charge

Posted Nov. 13, 2013, at 3:44 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 49-year-old Owls Head man, who had been awaiting trial on multiple criminal charges, is back behind bars after police said he assaulted a young woman who had broken up with him.

Steven E. Clarke was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with domestic violence assault and violating a condition of release.

According to an affidavit filed by Rockland police, an 18-year-old woman said she had dated Clarke for about six weeks but broke up with him about two weeks ago because he had become controlling and was calling her bad names. The woman said when she met Clarke in Rockland after the break up, he grabbed her by the neck and called her a slur, according to the affidavit.

Before his arrest, Clarke had been free on bail awaiting trial on several other criminal charges — aggravated criminal trespass, burglary, domestic violence assault and tampering with a witness.

At his initial appearance Wednesday on the new charges, Judge Susan Sparaco ordered Clarke held without bail.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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