FARMINGTON — A New Sharon man pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment by telephone Wednesday in Franklin County Superior Court in an agreement that could dismiss the charge if he stays out of trouble for the next two years.
Gerald McGlamery, 52, of Swan Road was arrested March 4 on three misdemeanor charges of stalking and one count of criminal threatening.
These charges were dismissed within the agreement, James Andrews, assistant district attorney, said following the hearing. A fifth charge, harassment by telephone, was added by the district attorney.
If all goes well for the next 24 months, when McGlamery returns to court, the charge will be dismissed. If not, he could be sentenced for up to six months on the misdemeanor charge, Andrews said.
"It's a stay away order," Andrews said of the agreement that prohibits McGlamery from contact with New Sharon Selectmen Russ Gardner, Maynard Webster and family members.
McGlamery can have contact with the selectmen in regard to business he has with the town.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a complaint March 4 and began an investigation.
McGlamery has a longstanding civil issue with the town and selectmen. The information is confidential, Franklin County Detective David St. Laurent previously said.
Selectmen alleged that McGlamery was leaving harassing messages on their answering machines that also involved selectmen's families, he said.
After talking with Selectmen Webster, Gardner and Larry Donald, and other victims, and listening to the messages, police interviewed McGlamery and arrested him.
McGlamery previously denied the charges. Earlier this spring, he claimed he was organizing a group to vote Gardner out of office during the town's annual town meeting on March 5, one day after he was arrested. Gardner's seat was up for re-election but Webster would not provide information on when and where elections were held, according to McGlamery.
McGlamery claimed the issue he had with Gardner, who serves as General Assistance administrator for the town, regarded Gardner's request that he obtain information from his landlord, which McGlamery said he could not legally do.