Updated: Jul 19
- Maine, USA -
UPDATE: July 19, 2021
On Thursday, July 15, in Knox Superior Court, former Rockland Police Department officers 28-year-old ADDISON COX and 31-year-old MICHAEL A. ROLERSON (both pictured below), pleaded guilty to one count of night hunting and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
FOX7 reports that COX was sentenced to 90 days in jail and was fined $1,000.
COX was placed on administrative release for six months and must complete 100 hours of community service.
ROLERSON was sentenced to 270 days in jail and was fined $1,000.
ROLERSON was placed on probation for six months.
District Attorney Natasha Irving explained that ROLERSON received a heavier sentence because he was the senior officer and killed more animals.
As reported by CNN, Irving said: “Both men ‘took responsibility’ for their actions. After their release, the goal is to get them the treatment they need so ‘they don't act cruelly to any animals ever in their lifetime.’”
FOX7 further reports that “The majority of both men’s jail sentences are suspended, and prosecutors said they downgraded the charges against the men in part because they were both veterans who has served active duty.”
According to court documents, COX will serve his jail time on the weekends, while ROLERSON is expected to begin his sentence in January 2022, reports Bangor Daily News.
CNN reports that according to The Courier Gazette, in the report compiled by the Bureau of Warden Services, COX estimated that he killed three porcupines while ROLERSON said he killed eight porcupines.
UPDATE: October 6, 2020
The Courier-Gazette reports that according to an investigator’s report, ADDISON COX and MICHAEL A. ROLERSON (pictured below), killed porcupines with their retractable batons multiple times while on duty.
A third officer, Officer KENNETH SMITH (not Sgt. Kenneth Smith) is on administrative leave.
SMITH is accused of posting a video of ROLERSON killing a porcupine in June.
In early June, a video was posted on Snapchat, of ROLERSON using his baton and beating something on the ground, then returning to the cruiser saying, "I got him."
A photo was then posted of a dead porcupine.
Sagadahoc County Assistant District Attorney Mike Dumas is the prosecutor in the cases.
I will continue to update this story as more details become available.
~ Original story:
A criminal investigation resulted in the arrest of two former officers with the Rockland Police Department.
27-year-old ADDISON COX and 30-year-old MICHAEL A.ROLERSON (both pictured below), were charged on Friday, October 2, with aggravated animal cruelty, and night hunting.
The first one is a Class C felony and the second one a misdemeanor.
COX was additionally charged with unlawful use or possession of implements or aids.
ROLERSON also faces a charge of illuminating wild animals or birds.
COX and ROLERSON were fired from the Department on September 22, following an internal investigation into a report of animal cruelty.
Chief Christopher Young said that on August 28, he became aware of the allegations against the officers and they were immediately placed on administrative leave.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigated the claims to prevent any conflicts of interest.
Bangor Daily News reports that the Maine Warden Service’s criminal complaints filed in court did not detail specifics of the animal abuse.
It stated that COX and ROLERSON did “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause extreme physical pain to an animal; cause the death of an animal; or physically torture an animal.”
The duo are expected to make their initial appearance in court on November 9.
Hopefully, we will know more then.
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