May 23, 2018
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Rockland man accused of grabbing woman by throat after she told him she was pregnant

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man remains at the Knox County Jail following his arrest Sunday after a woman told police that he grabbed her by the throat during an argument after she informed him she was pregnant.

Michael A. Adams was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic violence assault.

Judge Susan Sparaco agreed with the request by Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody to set bail at $5,000 cash because of the circumstances of the alleged assault and Adams’ criminal record.

The prosecutor said the victim reported to police that Adams put his hands around her throat during an argument. Police noted a red mark on one side of her neck, according to a police affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Adams denied grabbing her but said he may have pushed her away while trying to defend himself.

The woman allegedly admitted to police that she threw her cellphone during the argument, according to the affidavit.

The defense attorney for the day in Rockland District Court, Benjamin Tucker, asked that bail be set at $5,000 surety and that Adams be released after signing a Maine pretrial contract. He pointed out that Adams has a full-time job as a mechanic, lives with his mother and pays child support. Tucker said Adams was not a threat to fail to appear in court for subsequent hearings.

Baroody had earlier pointed out Adams’ criminal trespass and theft convictions from about 10 years ago and that Adams had twice failed to appear for court hearings on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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