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A Maine game warden pleaded guilty Wednesday to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a July incident at a Bangor concert in which a woman reported that he slapped her buttocks and reached under her shorts.
In exchange for his plea, charges of assault and unlawful sexual touching filed against Jeremy Judd, 42, of Mechanic Falls were dismissed.
All three charges are misdemeanors.
Judd’s attorney, Walter McKee of Augusta, said that his client would keep his job but would be suspended without pay for 60 days. He is expected to return to work in mid-February.
Judd has been undergoing counseling to address his drinking, McKee said.
On Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, the warden was sentenced to a deferred disposition. If he continues counseling and conditions imposed by Maine Pretrial Services, Judd would pay a $300 fine in nine months but face no jail time.
In accepting the plea agreement Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center, District Court Judge Bruce Jordan said, “This kind of behavior from a law enforcement officer is not only disappointing, it’s disturbing.”
Penobscot County District Attorney Marianne Lynch said after the hearing that the woman who reported that Judd slapped her buttocks and reached under her shorts during the Florida Georgia Line concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion — along with members of the Bangor Police Department — was unhappy with the plea agreement.
But because all of the alleged crimes were misdemeanors, Lynch said she did not have the option of placing Judd on probation with conditions similar to those included in his pretrial services contract. She said the plea agreement met one of the sentencing goals under Maine law — rehabilitation.
“This was a serious incident,” Lynch said. “This was not acceptable behavior, but he has taken steps to address his alcohol use. He was obnoxiously intoxicated, but I don’t think this incident is a reflection of the entire Maine Warden Service.”
She said that Judd’s plea agreement was similar to others in which the defendant had no criminal history and agreed to seek treatment for a substance use disorder.
Judd’s next court date is Oct. 5.
McKee said that Judd began counseling after the incident without being ordered to do so by a judge. Conditions of his contract with pretrial services include that he check in regularly with the office, continue his counseling, not drink alcohol and undergo random testing for alcohol use.