AUGUSTA — Lindsay I. Hoak of Benton, accused of stealing a prescription pad from the hospital that employed her and forging prescriptions for narcotics, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and received a deferred disposition for two years.

If Hoak, 24, is successful, she can withdraw her guilty plea, the case will be dismissed and she will have no criminal conviction, but she will have been under court-imposed restrictions for a total of three years, according to her attorney. Hoak was a secretary at MaineGeneral Medical Center who was accused of stealing a doctor’s prescription pad and forging prescriptions to get narcotics.

Records in Kennebec County Superior Court show that Hoak, who has no prior criminal record, had pleaded guilty a year earlier to a felony charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, which carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Charges of unlawful trafficking, acquiring drugs by deception, forgery and theft were dismissed.

She successfully completed a 12-month deferred disposition on that charge, and the charge was dismissed and replaced with the new count, a misdemeanor.

Her attorney, Brad Grant, said Hoak entered Blessed Hope Women’s Program, a year-long, residential, faith-based drug treatment program, and has been successful at that, signing up for an additional year on her own. Grant said that while she continues to receive treatment, Hoak will help other people deal with their addiction and do other social service work.

“Her commitment to making the right decision was above and beyond something we normally see,” Grant said, adding that the district attorney’s office recognized that as well.

While Hoak was accused of forging the prescriptions, other people were arrested on charges of picking up the prescriptions at pharmacies. The offenses allegedly occurred in January 2013 in Waterville.

In a letter filed in the court, Grant said Hoak was being blackmailed by two codefendants.

One codefendant, Cody L. Emerson, 23, of Winslow, pleaded guilty last October to forgery and drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to four years in prison, with all but nine months suspended and three years probation. Charges against a second man were later dismissed.

A number of other people were sentenced Tuesday in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• John R. Bishop, 34, of Waterville, unlawful possession of firearm, violating conditions of release Oct. 18, 2013, in Augusta; three year jail sentence, all but nine months suspended, two years probation.

• Jordan Ryan Doolan, 20, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating conditions of release April 21 in Waterville; 75 day jail sentence.

• Cory L. Fling, 39, of Augusta, two counts each of operating under the influence and violating conditions of release, and one count each of operating after suspension and unlawful possession of scheduled drug, July 10, 2013, in Gardiner and Feb. 20, 2014, in Augusta; 60 day jail sentence, $1,900 in fines, 240 day license suspension.

• Samantha Goodale, 26, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking Jan. 22, 2012, in Augusta; 180 day jail sentence, all but seven days suspended, one year probation.

• Gregory Ross Hale, 48, of Winslow, operating under the influence April 23 in Waterville; $500 fine, 150 day license suspension.

• Gerald R. MacKenzie, 22, of Sidney, operating under the influence Dec. 27, 2013, in Benton and violating conditions of release May 10, 2014, in Waterville; $700 fine, 150 day license suspension.

• Christopher Rogers, 36, of Vassalboro, failure to comply with sex offender registration act May 11, 2014, in Waterville; six month jail sentence.

• Kyle J. Weeks, 25, of Waterville, unlawful possession of hydrocodone May 26 in Waterville; $800 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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