PENOBSCOT, Maine — Sex charges have been dropped against the Penobscot fire chief in exchange for his pleading to an assault charge as part of a deferred sentencing agreement with prosecutors.

Dennis B. Robertson must stay out of trouble, be evaluated by a mental health professional and, if the professional recommends it, complete a counseling program over the next year. If Robertson complies with these conditions, the assault charge also will be dismissed, according to documents on file at Hancock County Unified Criminal Court in Ellsworth.

Robertson, 62, was facing two charges of unlawful sexual touching and two charges of unlawful sexual contact. The incidents were alleged to have occurred on Aug. 2, 2013, and Sept. 6, 2014, in the neighboring town of Sedgwick.

The assault is alleged to have occurred on Aug. 22, 2013, in Sedgwick. Court documents indicate that the victim spoke during Robertson’s appearance in court on March 24 and told Justice Robert Murray that she supports the deferred disposition agreement.

Robertson and his wife own Eggemoggin Country Store on Route 15 in Sedgwick.

When contacted Friday by phone at the store, Robertson said, “I don’t want to talk to you,” and he hung up the phone.

Robertson is due to appear back in court at 1 p.m. March 25, 2016. If Robertson does not satisfy the terms of the agreement, then he could receive the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor Class D assault charge, which is 364 days in jail and a fine of $2,000.

District Attorney Matthew Foster was not in his office Friday and could not be reached for comment. Robertson’s defense attorney, Anthony Beardsley, declined on Friday to comment on the matter.

Paul Bowen, a selectman for the town, said Friday that town officials have not received any direct confirmation of the agreement and have not discussed the matter. Robertson still is serving as fire chief, he said, and any decision the town might make about his status in that position likely would be a confidential personnel matter that he could not comment on.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....