Lincoln County District Attorney Natasha Irving dismissed five charges against a man who allegedly assaulted his fellow staff members at Camp Chewonki is Wiscasset in late June.
The man, whose real name, date of birth, and country of origin was unknown at the time of his arrest, has since been identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as 21-year-old Carlos Dielumbaka Pedro Missione, a citizen of the African country of Angola.
The alleged assault occurred on June 24, two days before campers were scheduled to arrive.
The victim said she woke up around 11:30 p.m. to the sound of Missione, who at the time was a kitchen employee at Chewonki, arguing with another co-worker outside her cabin, according to the affidavit.
Shortly after, she said Missione reentered the cabin, pulled her out of bed, and began “beating her head into the floor.”
Missione then allegedly dragged her across the room by her feet and climbed on top of her.
“I am still in a fog because most of it was a head trauma that I endured,” the victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said in an interview with The Times Record. “If this had happened to a kid, the way I was hit, they would have died. I thought I was going to die at that moment. This was not a small assault; I was brutally attacked.”
When police and emergency services arrived, they determined the female victim did not need to go to the hospital, but a male co-worker who had been assaulted outside the cabin needed to be treated for a possible detached retina, according to police documents.
When Wiscasset Police Officer Hunter Farrell approached the cabin where Missione was inside alone, Farrell said he saw him walking back and forth “kicking things,” according to court documents.
Missione then allegedly came out of the cabin, did not respond when Farrell announced himself, and did not comply when he ordered Missione to get on the ground.
“He then stood up and began moving toward me,” Farrell said in court documents. “I then yelled at him to stop and get on the ground, he continued to come toward me.”
Farrell then drew his taser, and used it when Missione did not stop coming towards him.
Missione was placed in handcuffs after a struggle on the ground, and arrested for assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, assault, criminal threatening, resisting, disorderly conduct, offensive words, and disorderly conduct fighting.
Police reported that Missione was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his arrest.
Missione allegedly told police that he did not remember anything that had happened that night, and his last memory was smoking “something” black through a vape allegedly given to him by one of his co-workers.
The charges ultimately filed against him by the state were three Class D misdemeanor charges of of assault.
“We are terribly sad that this unfolded,” Cullen McGough, Chewonki Foundation vice president of marketing, enrollment and communications told The Times Record. “It was a big surprise. We have been running safe summer camps for 108 years now and this was just a big shock.”
McGough said Missione was immediately fired, along with any offenders of the camp’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and alcohol.
Although the camp vets all potential employees through background checks and three personal references, McGough told The Times Record that Missione used a fake Social Security number that presented a clean record and applied under an alias.
District Attorney Natasha Irving told the Lincoln County News that Missione pleaded guilty to other charges, while the five counts to which he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in July were all dropped by the district attorney’s office.
“At a minimum, we will look at how we handle the reference checks; I don’t know what we would have done differently in this case,” McGough said. “There is a certain point where you have to take people at their word. It’s sad that these things happen, but I was very glad it happened before any kids were on-site.”
District Attorney Irving explained that Missione’s plea agreement was made “in the interest of justice” and considered his age, lack of criminal history, case details, and “collateral consequences.”
“With young people, we try to work with them to get them on track as opposed to looking for long jail or prison sentences, and serious convictions that result in young people’s inability to have a safe and productive future,” Irving said, referring to Missione as a “lower risk” defendant.
Irving said her office’s policy is to consider the consequences of criminal convictions and sentences, and that the prosecutor’s duty is to seek justice rather than convictions.
Missione was released from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset last month, jail staff told the Lincoln County News.
An ICE spokesperson said that the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations placed a detainer for Missione on June 26 after the charges were filed against him, but later withdrew the detainer when the charges were dismissed.
Missione is currently in immigration proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which will determine if he will be subject to removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.