BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast man remained in jail Monday after he was accused of assaulting his 14-year-old son on Christmas night.
After police investigated a call from the teen, Jason Ellsworth, 32, faces a slew of charges, including aggravated assault, violation of his conditions of release from a prior offense, and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
Chief Mike McFadden said that the 14-year-old called police at 11 p.m. to say that he had been assaulted by his father.
“The victim reported being strangled,” McFadden said.
Officer Matthew Cook and Sgt. Brian Lunt, who went to the home, found evidence to support the teen’s allegations, McFadden said. They also learned that although Ellsworth’s bail conditions prohibited him from possessing or consuming alcohol, “he was, in fact, intoxicated,” according to the chief.
After his arrest, Ellsworth was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked. He had not been granted bail as of Monday evening, according to a jail official, and remains in custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
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