Local prosecutors have not filed charges against a Damariscotta resident at the center of a prostitution investigation that resulted in charges against seven other people.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Angel McCracken, 26, of Damariscotta, in late May, according to a July 11 press release from the sheriff’s office, which said McCracken was charged with several counts of class E engaging in prostitution.
Six Maine men and one Massachusetts man were charged with engaging a prostitute. One has since pleaded no contest and received a $350 fine. Five others will return to court Aug. 28, a sixth Sept. 11.
In response to inquiries about McCracken’s court date and the lack of a file for McCracken’s case at the Lincoln County Clerk of Courts Office, a prosecutor with the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office said no charges have been filed.
“The state has not filed any criminal charges against Mrs. McCracken at this time,” Assistant District Attorney Matthew G. Kanwit said in an email Wednesday, Aug. 9. “The state has no comment on this fact at this time.”
Although Kanwit declined to say whether the district attorney’s office intends to file charges against McCracken, he spoke in general terms about how the office reviews criminal cases and makes a determination about whether to file charges.
“After a law enforcement officer summonses or arrests someone for a crime, that arrest or summons comes to the DA’s office for review,” he said in an email. “It is the prosecutor from the DA’s office that actually files the charges against the individual.
“There are many reasons why a prosecutor may decide not to file charges at all or to wait to file charges. The evidence may not be as strong as the prosecutor feels is required or there may be other circumstances warranting consideration.
“If no charges are ever filed by the DA’s office, there is nothing to dismiss, so the case could be filed at any time, as long as the statute of limitations has not run out.”