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Melanson released for time served

By Fran Gonzalez | Jan 10, 2020
Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Edmund L. Melanson

Belfast — Edmund Melanson, 77, of Montville, who was convicted June 26, 2019, of solicitation of a child, has been released. His original sentencing agreement was five months in jail with all but 14 days suspended; however, since he violated conditions of the agreement, he ended up serving about four months.

As part of his sentencing, he was ordered to receive sex offender evaluation and treatment, which Assistant District Attorney William Entwisle said Melanson refused to take part in.

In a hearing Jan. 8, as part of a resolution agreement, Melanson, who was in hand and ankle restraints, admitted to the violation and was allowed credit for the 111 days of time served. As part of the agreement, his probation was terminated.

Initially Melanson disagreed with the state's assertion, saying he had a receipt for taking the evaluation, and asked for a new lawyer. After speaking with his new court-appointed attorney, Sean Ociepka, he admitted to the violation.

The incident for which he was originally charged occurred in March 2018 in Belfast City Park and he was arrested on a warrant July 18, 2018, and charged with solicitation to commit a prohibited act, a Class D misdemeanor.

Melanson is required to be listed in the Maine Sex Offender Registry.

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