A Searsport man who was arrested in August on a gross sexual assault charge will not face prosecution by the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office, at least for now.

Terry Cook Jr., 36, was arrested on the charge Aug. 26, based on information police obtained from his alleged victim, who said that the abuse occurred in 2006 and 2007, when she was a young teenager.

Officers at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office charged Cook, who formerly served as Searsport’s fire chief and ambulance director, with the Class B felony at the time of his arrest, which followed an investigation by Detective Merl Reed.

Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker said Tuesday, Nov. 16, that the DA’s Office had since declined to prosecute Cook on that charge. Walker explained that it was not unusual for the state to decline to press charges, even after police had made an arrest.

“It’s a non-conviction; it’s not even a complaint,” said Walker, noting that the state also moved to discharge Cook’s bail. Court records show the state’s motion to dismiss Cook’s bail bond was taken up at Cook’s initial appearance at Fifth District Court in Belfast Thursday, Oct. 28.

Walker added, however, that a case could be brought against Cook in the future should new information or evidence come to light regarding the initial allegations.

Cook resigned his posts as Searsport’s fire chief and ambulance director in October 2007, saying it was “time for a change,” and that he felt “a little burned out.” He had served as the town’s ambulance director since May 2002 and as fire chief since January 2005.

At the time of Cook’s resignation, Searsport Town Manager James Gillway said Cook “resigned on his own accord.” Gillway said Cook had been involved with the public safety jobs for a number of years — Cook, by his own account, first joined Searsport’s fire and ambulance departments in 1998 — and that Cook wanted to “find something different to do.”