BANGOR – A Maine Game Warden who was charged with three crimes after reportedly groping a stranger at a Bangor concert, had two of the charges dropped on Wednesday in a plea agreement with the district attorney.
“I felt violated, and I think about it every single day.”
Those are the words of the young woman who reported being sexually assaulted at the July 18 concert by Maine Game Warden Jeremy Judd. That’s what that night has done to her, she said in her written response regarding the plea agreement with Judd.
He was a stranger to her, she said.
“Mr, Judd, a member of the Maine Warden Service, was down at a concert, one of the Waterfront Concerts with several members of the Maine warden staff,” said District Attorney Marianne Lynch. “He was highly intoxicated. This was an allegation that he had assaulted a young woman down there, a victim, he assaulted her by grabbing her behind.”
The victim, who was very upset at the time of the initial report, said she felt violated.
“By putting his hands up the back of my shorts, he was able to touch bare skin in an area of my body that is incredibly personal,” she wrote in her victim’s statement.
According to the Bangor Police reports, she said the incident occurred when Judd was in line to buy beer during the Florida Georgia Line concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. As the woman passed, she told police, he groped her twice, the second time by reaching up her shorts.
The reports say her boyfriend witnessed the assault.
“The victim was disappointed, I think, in the state’s recommendation on how the state disposed of this matter, which is absolutely understandable,” Lynch said.
Judd was charged in July with assault. In August, unlawful sexual contact and disorderly conduct charges were added.
The Bangor police report states Judd had a half-empty bottle of bourbon whiskey and he became belligerent when charged, swearing at Bangor police officers.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries issued a statement after Wednesday’s conviction saying Judd was charged with disorderly conduct for comments he made to police.
“We entered a guilty plea to the charge of disorderly conduct,” said Walter McKee, who is representing Judd, about the delayed disposition. “If everything goes as planned, then at the end of nine months he’ll pay a $300 fine.”
However, under the delayed disposition, if he breaks the law Judd would then face a penalty of up to six months behind bars.
The unlawful sexual contact and assault charges for his reported actions against the victim were dismissed.
The Inland Fisheries statement also says Judd was under investigation by the Maine State Office of Employee Relations, which resulted in a separate penalty.
“The Warden service suspended him without pay for 60 days,” McKee said of the state’s punishment.
“Right after this happened, he started alcohol counseling to make sure he did what he needed to do to make sure this issue was addressed,” Judd’s lawyer added.
Judge Bruce Jordan said the plea agreement aligned with similar charges brought against others.
“The thing that is really aggravating here is for a law enforcement officer to be involved in this kind of conduct,” Jordan said. “This is just not only disappointing but disturbing.”