A Waldoboro attorney charged with domestic violence assault last Nov. 16 has pleaded guilty instead to disorderly conduct, and will be able to withdraw that plea and be free of a conviction if he meets conditions of a deferred disposition over the next year.

Philip S. Cohen, 45, was also accused of violating condition of release by texting and telephoning the victim between Nov. 19 and Dec. 4. That too is part of the deferred disposition, according to Cohen’s attorney, Walter McKee.

According to records in Kennebec County Superior Court, Cohen must undergo a mental health evaluation with a focus on anger/violence issues and complete counseling as indicated. He is to provide proof of his attendance to the district attorney in quarterly reports over the next year.

He also was ordered to pay a total of $1,000 in fines at the end of the deferred disposition.

Cohen has been a practicing attorney in Maine for almost 20 years.

Cohen was held briefly at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset following his arrests in November and December.

The case was transferred to Kennebec County because prosecutors and judges work frequently with Cohen in Waldo County. It was specially assigned to Superior Court Justice Roland A. Cole, who accepted the plea on July 11. The prosecutor was Andrew Matulis, an assistant district attorney in Androscoggin County.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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