A man was arrested near the Bangor Farmers’ Market on Harlow Street on Sunday after a mother told police that he had been stalking her teenage daughter for a month.
Brian McDonald, 46, who had recently moved to Bangor from outside the state, was charged with stalking, a Class D crime punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
McDonald first started the stalking about a month ago, according to a police affidavit filed in court. The 46-year-old had allegedly boarded a bus to Portland and made the girl uncomfortable by staring at her.
Two weeks ago, according to the affidavit, he went to the Bangor Farmers Market looking for her and asked her for her name. The next weekend, he returned to the market to leave a note for the teenager with her mother.
On Sunday, police found that he made another attempt to contact the teenage victim.
When police confronted McDonald, he said he did not find anything wrong with what he was doing, stating that he had girlfriends the same age as the minor in other countries. Officer Nathan Alvarado of the Bangor Police Department served McDonald with a one-year criminal trespass order that specified that he could not return to the market. McDonald refused to sign the trespass order and walked away.
Soon after, police spotted him heading back in the direction of the farmers market, and they placed him under arrest.
McDonald’s criminal history might warrant an elevated charge, according to Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters.
According to the affidavit, McDonald has used 11 different aliases and has a criminal history in eight states. That criminal history includes a prior stalking conviction in California, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.