BELFAST, Maine — A York man attending the Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention here earlier this month has been arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
Sean P. Graham, 22, a York Beach firefighter had been staying at a Belfast hotel with the woman and a group of other firefighters, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department. The group was up late on the night of Saturday, Sept. 13, and Graham’s girlfriend wanted to go to sleep, Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said this week. The woman left to go to the room she and Graham were sharing, but the York man was upset and followed her there, police said.
He allegedly knocked the woman out of her chair, choked her, threatened her life and went outside to his truck, where he said he had a weapon, Cunningham said. He didn’t bring a weapon with him when he came back to the room and apparently calmed down, according to police, and the couple left Belfast the next morning.
“She ran from the room where this all took place to the room where the other [firefighters] were,” Cunningham said. “But nobody called the police.”
In fact, the incident was not reported to officials until the couple had returned to York, and the York Police Department ended up doing interviews and taking statements, Cunningham said. They contacted the Belfast Police Department, which ended up arresting Graham on Wednesday, Sept. 16. He was charged with aggravated domestic violence assault, criminal threatening and terrorizing.
Graham was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, and was released on $2,000 cash bail on Friday, according to a Waldo County Jail official.
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