WALDOBORO, Maine — The Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed five counts of felony theft against a lieutenant at the Cumberland County Jail after the death of the alleged victim, a Waldoboro man. Waldoboro police had described the case as elder abuse.
Scott M. Jordan Jr., 37, of Standish, had faced one count of class B theft by misapplication of property and four counts of class B theft by unauthorized taking, all felonies. The state dismissed the charges Sept. 14.
“The victim and key witness in the case for the state, Scott Jordan Sr., has died,” according to the dismissal. Jordan Sr., 67, died Sept. 1, according to his obituary.
Scott M. Jordan Sr. signed power of attorney over to his son, Scott M. Jordan Jr., in May 2014 while in the hospital, Waldoboro Police Officer Larry Hesseltine told The Lincoln County News in March of this year.
Jordan Jr. allegedly “sold thousands of dollars of his father’s property,” including items from Jordan Sr.’s antique shop on Old Route 1, Hesseltine said at the time.
Jordan Sr. rescinded power of attorney from his son in July, but Jordan Jr. still had his father’s 2003 Chevrolet pickup and three firearms and allegedly refused to return them, according to Hesseltine.
Police found Jordan Jr. had allegedly listed the truck for sale on Craigslist for $7,900, according to Hesseltine.
In November 2014, assisted by the Maine State Police, the Waldoboro Police Department executed a search warrant at Jordan Jr.’s Standish home and recovered the vehicle and firearms, Hesseltine said. Jordan Jr. was arrested without incident.
The Cumberland County Jail placed Jordan Jr. on paid administrative leave in November, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon told The Lincoln County News in March.
A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Jordan Jr. March 10.
Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde called the case “a classic scenario of elder abuse” at the time.
The indictment lists firearms as the subject of three of the five charges, more than $10,000 of property or services as the subject of the fourth, and antiques, currency, personal belongings, and a vehicle with a collective value of more than $10,000 as the subject of the fifth.
A class B crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
As of press time, Jordan Jr. remains on paid administrative leave, according to Gagnon. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review and expects Jordan Jr. to return to work soon.
Waldoboro attorney Kent Murdick represented Jordan Jr. Murdick did not respond to a request for comment.