Police arrest Bangor man accused of exposing himself, swearing at children

Posted April 03, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man who appeared intoxicated was arrested twice in two days, both times for “inappropriate” behavior around children, Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said Thursday.

Joseph Francis, 48, first came to the attention of police on Tuesday after urinating near a home at the corner of Cumberland Street and Broadway. He also “exposed himself to some children who were at a home nearby,” the sergeant said.

When the father of the children confronted Francis, he “reportedly threatened to shoot him,” Rumsey said.

When police officers found Francis, he was uncooperative and appeared intoxicated.

“Francis was shouting obscenities, and in the presence of the officers threatened to go get a shotgun and shoot people,” Rumsey said.

He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and indecent conduct and was taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was later released.

One condition of his release was that he not consume alcohol or commit new crimes, Rumsey said.

Officer David Farrar noticed Francis at about 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday standing on the sidewalk yelling at the children at the Bangor Y on Hammond Street.

“[He] was directing obscenities at the children and was seen to extend his middle finger in the direction of the children,” Rumsey said.

Francis, who again appeared to be intoxicated and was uncooperative, was arrested again and charged with disorderly conduct and violating his conditions of release. He is scheduled to be arraigned for both arrests on May 5.

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