SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Nokomis Regional High School music teacher facing multiple assault charges, including a trio of felonies, made his first court appearance on Wednesday.
A judge set bail at $10,000 for Andrew Maderios, 28, although Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney argued for $25,000. He was freed on bail following his court appearance.
Maderios, who has no criminal history, is facing three charges of aggravated assault — all Class B felonies — and three counts of domestic violence assault, Class D misdemeanors, in the wake of multiple assaults against his girlfriend, the first of which occurred in December 2013, Maloney said Thursday.
Maderios was arrested earlier this month upon returning to the United States from a school trip to Europe he was chaperoning. Maloney said he was taken into custody in Atlanta when the group’s plane landed, and returned to Maine on Aug. 7 after waiving extradition.
According to a court affidavit filed by domestic violence investigator James Ross, who works for the Somerset County District Attorney’s office, problems between Maderios and the victim “had been escalating over a period of two years,” and the first of the assaults occurred on Dec. 27.
Maloney said Ross wrote in his affidavit that Maderios told the victim the assaults were her fault because “you make me do these things to you,” upon which he allegedly strangled her until she became unconscious.
Maderios also allegedly told his victim to “take your last breath because you are going to die,” according to the affidavit.
Maloney said the other assaults occurred on Jan. 25 and March 23. A concern for the victim’s safety prompted the district attorney to argue for a higher bail amount.
“It’s a very troubling case,” Maloney said. “We’ve unfortunately had many examples of domestic violence cases that quickly escalate to homicides where the [suspect] did not have a criminal record. I am moving it on a fast track as a result.”
Maloney said she is pushing for the case to go to trial by November.
Maderios’ bail conditions include a curfew spanning 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., not having any contact with the victim or her children, no use or possession of any weapons, submitting to random searches and testing and not going to the victim’s place of work or Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, where her children attend school.
If convicted, Maderios faces up to 10 years in prison on the felony charges and one year in jail on the misdemeanor counts.
RSU 19 Superintendent Gregory Potter said Maderios has been placed on paid leave. The school year is scheduled to begin on Aug. 27.
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.