ROCKLAND, Maine — A Warren man was arrested Friday evening and charged with a string of offenses after allegedly pulling a fire alarm in an apartment building while an officer was trying to arrest another person.
Stephen J. Little, 28, made his initial appearance Monday in Knox County Unified Court on charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, failure to comply with the sex offender registry law, making a false public alarm and violating a condition of release.
Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $2,500 cash, saying the charges were significant and his criminal record was considerable.
Little pleaded not guilty to all the charges except the felony possession of a gun charge. He made no plea on that matter since it is a felony and the case has not yet gone to a grand jury.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody had asked for Little’s bail to be set at $3,000 while the defense attorney for the day, James Mason, asked for $300 cash bail, saying any amount greater would be impossible for Little to raise.
According to an affidavit filed in court by police, Little was found last year in possession of a handgun. That charge was not filed by the state until Friday because federal prosecutors had considered whether to pursue the case themselves but ended up not, according to Mason.
The false public report, according an affidavit filed with the court, involved Little pulling a fire alarm at an apartment building on Main Street in Thomaston on Jan. 28. The incident occurred as an officer was trying to arrest a woman in the apartment building and she was resisting, police reported.
The assistant district attorney said Little also failed to notify authorities when he moved which is required under the sex offender registry law. He was convicted in 2006 of gross sexual assault, according to Baroody.