CAMDEN, Maine — World renowned singer/songwriter Don McLean, who has been charged with domestic violence assault, was allowed to return to his Camden home Wednesday, according to a bail paper filed in court.
McLean was arrested Monday morning and charged with the Class D offense which carries a maximum possible penalty of a year in jail. That maximum sentence, however, typically is limited to people with lengthy criminal records.
McLean, 70, was arrested by Camden police Officer Jeff Boudreau shortly after 2 a.m. following a 911 call to his home on the Hope Road.
He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland where he was released shortly before 4:30 a.m. on $10,000 unsecured bail. Unsecured bail means he did not have to put up cash or property to be released but would owe the state that amount of money if he failed to appear in court when required.
The only bail condition placed on McLean was that he have no contact, direct or indirect, with the woman police say he assaulted. The Bangor Daily News is not naming the woman because she is the alleged victim of domestic violence. McLean is not allowed to be at her residence, her place of work or her place of education.
The woman whom police say he assaulted did not require medical attention at the hospital, Camden police Chief Randy Gagne said Monday.
McLean is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland on Feb. 22.
Success came to McLean in 1969 when he recorded his first album, “Tapestry,” with a pair of songs from the record making the charts: “Castles in the Air” and “And I Love You So.”
Two years later, he recorded “American Pie” and became an international star.
McLean’s original working manuscript for “American Pie,” one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, sold for $1.2 million last year.