AUGUSTA, Maine — A Mount Vernon man was indicted Thursday by the Kennebec County grand jury on more than 50 counts of fish- and wildlife-related crimes, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Charges against Joseph A. Deleskey, 38, include night hunting, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal trespass, hunting deer after having killed one, driving deer and possessing loaded firearms in motor vehicles.
The indictment was the result of an 18-month investigation into the illegal hunting activity of Deleskey and his associates, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.
As a result of intelligence gathered through resident complaints, the Operation Game Thief hotline and surveillance conducted by game wardens, the Warden Service in February executed six search warrants and two arrest warrants in the Mount Vernon area. Deleskey was arrested for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and Clayton C. Hall, 48, of Vienna for hunting deer after having killed one.
The investigation implicated several associates and family members of Deleskey and his extended family from as far away as Danvers, Mass. During the investigation the wardens found Deleskey in violation of more than 100 fish and game laws and regulations, according to MacDonald. He is alleged to have been involved in the illegal killing or wounding of more than a dozen deer.
After consultation with the Kennebec County district attorney’s office, the additional charges were filed against Deleskey. Hall also was charged with nine additional charges including criminal trespass, driving deer, terrorizing, hunting deer after having killed one and possessing unregistered deer.
Other associates of Deleskey facing charges as a result of the investigation are: Robert Rooney, 48, of Vassalboro; Valter Almeida, 36, of Peabody, Mass.; Bonnie Currier, 39, of Vienna; Douglas Stevens III, 41, of Mount Vernon; Richard A. Deleskey, 62, of Danvers Mass.; and Richard M. Deleskey, 41, of Danvers, Mass.
If convicted, Deleskey and Hall face jail time, fines and license suspensions.
Information on charges faced by the other defendants was not available Saturday afternoon.