Former bowling alley operator is indicted



ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury Oct. 8 indicted an Ellsworth man accused of having sexual contact with a young child at his former business, according to court records.

The grand jury indicted David Worster, 39, on one count of unlawful sexual contact. The alleged violations occurred Sept. 19 and Dec. 15 in Ellsworth, according to a copy of the indictment.

Ellsworth police said at the time that the Dec. 15 incident occurred in the office of what was the Acadia Bowling Lanes.

There is a new operator for the bowling alley and a new name, according to city licensing records.

Worster is represented by Rudman Winchell attorney Michael Hockenbury. Worster is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday, Oct. 22, according to court records.

Hockenbury filed a motion Sept. 30 asking for equipment that the police seized from his client last December to be returned.

Ellsworth Police Detective Chris Smith, as part of his investigation, seized multiple computers and a digital surveillance system, which he sent to the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force.

Hockenbury stated in his motion, “None of the items seized contain any incriminating materials or evidentiary value to the state’s prosecution in this matter.”

A judge has yet to rule on Worster’s request.

The following others also were indicted:

  • Nicholas Barnes, 25, Ellsworth, two counts negotiating a worthless instrument and one count forgery April 24 and May 18 in Ellsworth.
  • Paul Brown, 40, Hancock, aggravated assault May 14 in Hancock.
  • Dantae Cross, 20, Eastbrook, gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact Aug. 12, 2019, in Ellsworth.
  • Sean Davis, 34, Hancock, unlawful drug possession, operating after revocation, operating without a license, violating conditions of release May 21 in Ellsworth.
  • Stephon Davis, 24, Belgrade, unlawful drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture, Jan. 29 and Feb. 1 in Verona Island.
  • Eric Fogg, 36, Bar Harbor, two counts reckless conduct, and one count each discharging a firearm near a dwelling, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct May 2 in Bar Harbor.
  • Dennis Fongeallaz, 35, Bucksport, two counts elevated aggravated assault, three counts aggravated assault and one count each reckless conduct and assault Dec. 19 in Bar Harbor.
  • Michael Ireland, 56, Fletchers Landing, one count each assault and disorderly conduct and two counts criminal trespass Jan. 17 in Ellsworth; two counts assault and one count each disorderly conduct, terrorizing and violating conditions of release June 26 in Ellsworth.
  • Ryan Kunkel, 45, Hancock, one count aggravated assault and two counts criminal threatening Dec. 25 in Hancock.
  • Jackie Merrell, 40, Ellsworth, two counts unlawful drug trafficking Jan. 7 and 8 in Ellsworth.
  • Ryan Mooreside, 32, Hancock, two counts elevated aggravated assault, three counts aggravated assault and one count each reckless conduct and assault Dec. 19 in Bar Harbor.
  • Timothy Musetti, 31, Southwest Harbor, domestic violence assault Jan. 1 in Southwest Harbor.
  • Peter Nadeau Jr., 42, Otis, aggravated drug trafficking Jan. 22 in Ellsworth.
  • Phillip Norris Sr., 28, Prospect, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Aug. 30, 2019, in Bucksport.
  • Megan Patten, 30, Swan’s Island, domestic violence criminal threatening, obstructing report of a crime, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release July 23 in Hancock.
  • Bridget Sawyer, 27, Searsport, two counts tampering with a witness Sept. 13 in Bucksport.
  • Joseph Schaefer II, 28, Southwest Harbor, aggravated operating after revocation, eluding an officer, criminal mischief, driving to endanger, refusing to submit to arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, violating conditions of release May 29 in Ellsworth; aggravated operating after revocation, operating after revocation, aggravated criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, criminal OUI, violating conditions of release and two counts unlawful drug possession in Ellsworth May 24; operating after revocation Dec. 31. in Bar Harbor.
  • Starr Smith, 58, Ellsworth, burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, violating conditions of release Dec. 20 in Ellsworth.
  • Michael Thompson, 74, Ellsworth, assault Sept. 1 in Ellsworth.
  • Chris Tripp, 43, Bucksport, two counts unlawful sexual contact and one count sexual misconduct with a child Aug. 1, 2013, and Dec. 1, 2013, in Orland.
  • Andrew Wendell, 44, Deer Isle, one count each assault on an officer, assault, refusing to submit to arrest, driving to endanger, violating conditions of release and two counts criminal mischief May 29 in Deer Isle.
  • Justin West, 28, Milbridge, operating after revocation, Dec. 14 in Ellsworth.
  • Jeffrey Witham Jr., 44, Verona Island, two counts each tampering with a victim and tampering with a witness and one count violating conditions of release July 9 in Ellsworth; three counts each kidnapping with a dangerous weapon, two counts each criminal restraint with a deadly weapon and domestic violence terrorizing with a deadly weapon, one count each kidnapping, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal simulation, endangering the welfare of a child with a dangerous weapon, obstructing the report a crime, criminal mischief, violating conditions of release, two counts each domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing with a deadly weapon June 24 in Verona Island.
  • Christopher Woodard, 34, Bucksport, violating a protection order, criminal mischief and attempted burglary Nov. 17 in Bucksport.
  • Craig Woodard, 30, Dedham, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and assault May 7 in Bucksport.
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