A Central Maine police officer has been placed on leave pending an investigation into charges of Aggravated Domestic Assault.

According to the Sun Journal, Officer Stephen Easley Jr, an officer with the Auburn Police Department, is currently being held without bail following his arrest in Lewiston in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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The Sun Journal reports that Easley was taken into custody at his home at about 2 am on Sunday morning after Lewiston Police responded to the address following reports of a domestic disturbance.

Following their response to the scene, Lewiston Police took the Auburn officer into custody and charged him with Aggravated Domestic Assault. Easley is currently being held at the Androscoggin County Jail, without bail.


The Sun Journal was not immediately able to verify details as to what led to the arrest, or why the charge of domestic assault had been leveled up to 'aggravated'. Easley has since been placed on an administrative leave according to officials with the Auburn Police Department.

The newspaper went on to say that Easley has only been working for the Auburn Police Department for a few months and came to Maine from his previous hometown of Loranger, Louisiana.

The Sun Journal was able to unearth a Facebook post made about Easley after his hiring on the Auburn Police page. It read in part,

“Stephen Easley grew up in Louisiana. After approximately six years working in corrections, Stephen transitioned to patrol as a deputy sheriff for Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Department. He worked there for approximately six years before making the decision to pursue a career in law enforcement in Maine. Stephen lives in Lewiston with his girlfriend who is a paramedic and will be pursing career opportunities in the area. Stephen has three children.”

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