SKOWHEGAN — A District Court judge on Friday ordered a Moscow man held without bail after his arrest Thursday on charges that he violated the conditions of his release four times by going to Bingham, where the alleged victim of domestic violence charges against him lives.

Robert Ivan Beane, 68, was arrested after triggering an electronic monitoring device he was ordered to wear, according to James Ross, chief deputy at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Beane was fitted with the electronic ankle bracelet in a contract with the Somerset County Community Corrections Program after his arrest on domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence stalking charges in July.

Beane, represented by lawyer of the day John Martin, pleaded not guilty via video from the county jail to four counts of violation of the conditions of his release. Beane also denied the domestic violence charges.

Judge Andrew Benson agreed to revoke his previous bail because of the alleged violations.

Bail can be revisited once Beane gets a lawyer or the court appoints one for him. Once that happens, bail will be set at $2,500 cash or $25,000 worth of property.

The ankle monitoring program is part of a pre-trial contract for supervision. In August 2014 Somerset County commissioners approved use of a Blutag — a one-piece GPS monitoring device for tracking the movement of people charged with domestic violence crimes.

The program was the first in Maine, and money from a fundraising event sponsored by the parents of Amy Bagley Lake helped get it started. No such device was available to law enforcement when Amy Bagley Lake, 38, and her two children, Coty, 13, and Monica, 12, were murdered by Bagley Lake’s estranged husband, Steven Lake, in June 2011. The three were shot with a 12-gauge shotgun. Steven Lake later died when he shot himself.

Beane was wearing one of the tracking devices when he was in Bingham on Thursday, according to Ross.

Somerset County Deputy Teresa Brown, who supervises the community corrections program, was alerted by the County Communication Center that they had just been notified by the monitoring agency that Beane had entered his exclusion zone, Ross said.

Brown notified patrol deputies, who went to the woman’s home in Bingham to make sure she was all right. Beane later was found in Moscow and taken into custody without incident by Deputy Isaac Wacome, police said.

Beane was arrested July 18 on a felony charge of domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to Ross. The charge alleges an oral threat in which Beane threatened to shoot and kill a family member in Bingham. Two firearms were seized as evidence during the arrest, according to Ross.

On July 20, domestic violence investigator Michael Pike, of the district attorney’s office, charged Beane additionally with domestic violence stalking, a charge that resulted from new information Pike learned in follow-up interviews with the person identified as the victim.

“As a result of these charges Robert Beane was placed on electronic monitoring as part of his court ordered conditions of release,” Ross said. “This is the electronic monitoring system put in place by Sheriff Dale Lancaster and District Attorney Maeghan Maloney in an effort to further protect victims of domestic violence.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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