WISCASSET, Maine — A neighborhood dispute escalated to charges of disorderly conduct and indecent conduct after police say a Wiscasset man “mooned” a couple living next door.
Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline went to a West Alna Road residence the morning of June 11 after a caller reported that his neighbor was firing a gun to scare a fox away from his home.
Cline spoke to the man and advised him of a better way to scare off the fox, the chief said Wednesday. But while he was there, the man told Cline that a third neighbor, Christopher Perkins, 30, was illegally growing marijuana on his property.
Cline determined that the grow was legal and then headed to another meeting. But the complaint apparently angered Perkins, Cline said, “because while I’m at the meeting I get a call that they’re at it again.”
When Cline returned to the neighborhood, the man reported that Perkins had shouted profanities at him and his girlfriend while mowing his lawn.
“As he’s doing that, the complainant’s girlfriend, who lives there, goes out with her iPhone and acts like she’s videotaping [Perkins], thinking that would cause him to stop acting foolishly,” Cline said. “It had the exact opposite result. He decided he would give her something to look at, and he mooned her. But she saw not only his buttocks but his testicles.”
As Cline took the woman’s statement, she said she’d also seen Perkins — whose license has been revoked as a habitual offender— drive out of his driveway and return. Cline said Perkins admitted driving in his driveway, which he is prohibited from doing. He arrested Perkins on charges of operating after habitual offender revocation, indecent conduct and disorderly conduct, and took him to Two Bridges Regional Jail.
“I arrested him figuring that would take care of the problem,” Cline said. “But as I’m leaving the jail, I’m told [Perkins’] wife, Loretta, is threatening [the complainants]. The woman said she was yelling and screaming about how ‘I’m going to get them, they’re going to get theirs.’”
Cline returned to West Alna Road and charged Loretta Sue Perkins, 32, with disorderly conduct. He said her two children, ages 10 and 13, were home at the time.
Christopher Perkins was released from the jail on $500 bail and is scheduled to appear on June 29 in Lincoln County Court to face the misdemeanor charges, and on June 30 to face the felony charge of operating after habitual offender revocation.
Loretta Perkins is scheduled to appear on June 29.