GPS device may protect domestic violence victims

HARMONY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Somerset County is starting a first of its kind program in Maine that will make people charged with domestic assault wear a GPS monitoring device.

In 2011, a Dexter man murdered his estranged wife, Amy Bagley Lake, and their two kids before killing himself.

A year before committing the murder, Steven Lake had threatened his family with a gun. He had charges against him and a bail condition to stay away from his wife and children.

Since that day, Amy's parents have been fighting to pass a law making people charged with domestic violence crime wear a GPS ankle bracelet.

They are closer to reaching that goal than ever before.

"We didn't want to see their lives wasted without doing something about it," Amy's father Ralph Bagley said. "That was my main goal anyway. I thought if we could just get something for a monitor device, because we know that that monitor device is the only thing that would've saved them."

Somerset County commissioners have given the Sheriff's Department approval to enter into a contract with the company that makes the tracking device.

Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster said the device will alert police when the person wearing it approaches the victim's home.

County officials plan to officially unveil the program in October.


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