March 24, 2018
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Former assistant administrator for Knox County Jail accused of violating protection order again

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 61-year-old Rockland man, who is the former assistant administrator of the Knox County Jail, is being held without bail after being accused of again violating a protection order obtained by a former female friend.

Alfred “Chipper” Widdecombe was ordered held without bail Wednesday by Judge Patricia Worth during his initial appearance in Rockland District Court on two counts of violating a protective order.

Widdecombe served a 48-hour jail sentence in April after admitting to twice previously violating the order obtained by the Rockport woman. He was sentenced in April to 90 days in jail with all but 48 hours suspended and placed on probation for a year. He also was ordered by the court to not have any contact with the woman.

Widdecombe sent two text messages to the woman — one May 13 and the other May 24 — according to an affidavit filed by the Rockport police in court. In the messages, he wished her a happy Mother’s Day and said he was sorry for all the bad things he said in the past.

The woman obtained the protection order earlier this year 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 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.

Judge Worth made her bail order reviewable at the Superior Court level.

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