Waldoboro attorney arrested for second time in three weeks

Philip Cohen in March.
Stephen Betts | BDN
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Posted Dec. 06, 2013, at 10:39 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 09, 2013, at 5:02 p.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — A prominent local lawyer pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to texting and telephoning the alleged victim in a domestic assault case that is pending against him.

Philip Cohen, 44, of Waldoboro was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, accused of violating conditions of his bail, according to Waldoboro Police Chief William Labombarde. Cohen had been free on $1,000 unsecured bail since his arrest Nov. 16 on a charge of domestic violence assault.

The violation involved contact with the alleged victim, the chief said. The BDN is not naming the person because that individual is the victim of a crime.

An affidavit filed in court stated that the victim contacted police to say that Cohen had texted her and telephoned her on multiple occasions from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4.

Cohen was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset and was held without bail until he made an appearance in Belfast District Court on Friday afternoon via videoconference from the jail.

Cohen’s attorney Walter McKee accompanied him at Two Bridges for the initial appearance. Cohen pleaded not guilty to the new charge.

Judge Charles Dow agreed to set bail at $500 cash as was agreed to by McKee and Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker. Cohen is again barred from contact with the victim and is also barred from having firearms and must agree to random searches by police while on bail.

Cohen has represented several high-profile suspects in criminal cases over the past few years. He currently represents 34-year-old John E. Thibeault, who is charged with manslaughter, and Todd Gilday, 44, of Belfast, who is charged with murder.

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