Hancock Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting 5-Year-Old Boy [UPDATE]
A Hancock man who had been sought by authorities for allegedly abusing a 5-year-old boy was apprehended on Wednesday.
Josef Messer, 34, was indicted June 9 on two counts of assault on a child less than 6 years old, two counts of reckless conduct, one count of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.
Messer was arrested by a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy and taken to jail at about 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, reports the Bangor Daily News.
Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster says the assault and reckless conduct charges stem from two incidents that occurred in April.
During one incident, Foster says Messer wrapped the boy in a blanket and secured his torso and arms with a belt or bungee cord and secured his feet and legs with a power cord.
In the second incident, Messer allegedly held the boy in a tub of cold water until his core temperature dropped to 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
Messer was charged with unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs for allegedly providing the boy’s mother with Suboxone, a prescription medication that treats addiction.
He's expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday.