Lincoln County clerk of courts charged with biting, assaulting husband in Brunswick

Posted July 10, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Lincoln County Clerk of Courts Kelly Cluff faces a misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge after allegedly biting and throwing objects at her husband at their Brunswick home June 29.

The Brunswick Police Department received a call from “an individual alleging that his wife was throwing things at him, intoxicated, and biting him,” Capt. Mark Waltz said.

Officers responded and identified Cluff as the aggressor. She was arrested at 8:20 p.m. on a Class D charge of domestic violence assault. The husband suffered minor injuries, Waltz said.

Cluff, 45, was booked at the Brunswick Police Department and was released on $1,000 unsecured bail.

A Class D charge carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

A court employee said Cluff was not available for comment. Maine Director of Court Information Mary Ann Lynch declined to answer questions about Cluff’s current employment status.

“I have no comment on a personnel matter,” she said.

Cluff has worked in the Maine Judicial Branch for nearly 12 years, Lynch said. She was an administrative clerk in Bath and served as the acting clerk of courts in Lincoln County before she was named Lincoln County clerk of courts in late 2010, according to The Lincoln County News archives.

The clerk of courts oversees daily operations for Wiscasset District Court and Lincoln County Superior Court.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.