Former assistant leader at Knox County Jail gets time for twice violating protection order

Posted April 11, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man who once served as assistant administrator of the Knox County Jail will spend another day in the facility.

Alfred F. Widdecombe, 61, pleaded guilty Friday in Rockland District Court to two counts of violating a protective order.

Judge Patricia Worth accepted an agreement reached between Widdecombe and the district attorney’s office that calls for Widdecombe to be sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but 48 hours suspended. He also will be placed on probation for a year.

Widdecombe was held without bail after being arrested Thursday afternoon in Rockland after a woman complained that he again had violated a protection order she had obtained against him. Rockport police had issued a summons to Widdecombe on April 4 after he contacted the woman whom he was prohibited from contacting.

The Rockport officer said, according to an affidavit filed in court by Rockland police, that he only issued a summons and did not arrest Widdecombe because he had just been at Pen Bay Medical Center for a health problem.

The woman told Rockland police that she was shopping at Goodwill on Thursday when Widdecombe approached her and asked how she was doing. She left the store and called police.

Widdecombe initially denied to Rockland police that he had been at Goodwill but when told the store had surveillance film, he said he could not remember if he had been there.

The film showed Widdecombe in the store at the same time as the woman, according to the affidavit.

The woman had obtained the protection order after she and Widdecombe ended a relationship. She had asked him to leave her home because he would frequently become verbally abusive, according to the affidavit.

Widdecombe will be released from jail Saturday. He complained to Worth that he has yet to receive any medication from the jail and pointed out he recently had open heart surgery.

Widdecombe worked for the Knox County’s Sheriff’s office from 1975 until 1990. He rose to the rank of sergeant and was the assistant jail administrator for the final three years he worked for the department.

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