Augusta Reverend accused of drug dealing

2:02 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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UPDATED 2:00 PM... includes response from Episcopal Diocese of Maine

BREMEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A Reverend at the Episcopal church St. Marks in Augusta is accused of dealing drugs - specifically prescription drugs.

Reverend Stephen Foote is facing a Class C charge of trafficking in prison contraband.

Rev. Foote was formerly the dean of St. Luke's in Portland. He was the transition priest-in-charge at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Augusta.

In a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Michael Murphy says that after a month of investigation, Rev. Foote was arrested on November 1st.

Lt. Murphy says the investigation was carried out by members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Two Bridges Regional Jail and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Two other men, Joshua Theriault Patten, from Bremen, and Adam Shawley, from Newport are also facing charges in the case.

Murphy says the men are accused of trafficking drugs, primarily Suboxone, at the Two Bridges Regional Jail.

Foote has been released on bail.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine says they first learned of the case on the day of Foote's arrest. They say that they're cooperating with police on the investigation. The Diocese says Foote is "on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings."

The Bishop's Office is providing pastoral care for the people of St. Mark's.

Theriault Patten and Shawley were already in custody and received new charges.


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