ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man who came within 35 votes of being elected to the city council last fall is accused of assaulting a female companion.
Theodore A. Berry, 24, was arrested on the evening of May 10 and charged with domestic violence assault, according to paperwork filed in Knox County Unified Court.
Police were called to a domestic disturbance shortly after 9 p.m. that evening, according to Rockland police Sgt. Donald Finnegan. The woman reported that Berry pushed her to the ground, causing her to injure her ankle, the police sergeant said.
Berry was taken to the Knox County Jail and released on $250 cash bail. He was also ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim.
Berry filed a motion in court on Monday asking that the charge be dismissed. In the motion he filed with the court, Berry claims the district attorney’s office and police department have refused to turn over evidence to him.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said that evidence is available for defendants to review at their arraignments. The prosecutor said that the district attorney’s office has yet to get all the paperwork from the police and have not decided on whether to file a criminal complaint. If that is done, Berry will get to look at the materials at his initial court appearance, which is scheduled for June 15.
In his motion, Berry also claims that the police failed to gather evidence by checking for fingerprints on the threshold of the door of an apartment in the downtown Thorndike complex. Berry claims that those fingerprints could help exonerate him, although why it would exonerate him is not stated.
The Rockland man ran for a seat on the Rockland City Council in November and finished third with 1,173 votes, 35 behind the second-place finisher Valli Geiger. Two seats were up for election.
Berry earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from the University of Maine at Augusta. In last fall’s campaign, he said his studies of human resources management and conflict resolution provide him with the skills to be an excellent addition to the council. Berry was also one of the people who circulated petitions to get the repeal of the pay-per-bag trash fee ordinance on the November ballot.
A telephone message was left Tuesday with Berry. His mother, Bethany Berry, returned the call Tuesday and said he could not comment but said his arrest was outrageous and that he has endured a great injustice.