Michael Heniser PHOTO COURTESY OF HANCOCK COUNTY JAIL

Domestic assault suspect enters guilty pleas



ELLSWORTH — A Mount Desert man arrested in April for assaulting his wife at their home in Somesville has entered guilty pleas on three of the five charges filed against him in response to the incident.

Michael Heniser, 39, recently pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence assault, criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime, according to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster. Charges of domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence criminal restraint were dropped as part of a plea deal, Foster said.

Part of the plea deal is that Heniser, who is a physician, is to serve an 18-month deferred disposition that includes conditions and oversight by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, Foster said. If Heniser completes the 18 months to the satisfaction of the court, the charges are to be reduced to disorderly conduct, Foster said.

The victim supported the decision for a deferred disposition, Foster said.

Heniser was arrested April 13 by Mount Desert police on a domestic violence assault charge and booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. After reviewing the evidence, the district attorney’s office filed the additional charges.

At the time of Heniser’s arrest, police said the alleged assault occurred on April 9 and was reported days later by a concerned third party. An affidavit filed in court to support the additional charges states police officers observed multiple bruises on the victim when they arrived at the couple’s home to investigate.

According to the affidavit, the victim found out on the day before the assault that Heniser was having an affair and discovered a bank receipt for a “large amount of money” that had been given to another woman.

The next day, while confronting her husband about the affair, he assaulted her in front of the couple’s two young children, according to the affidavit. At one point, he refused to allow her to get out of her seat, saying “If you try and get out of this chair, I will take you out,” the affidavit states.

 

 

Mark Good

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