Ex-fighter has charge set aside after fracas


AUBURN – A criminal charge against a former fighter accused of assaulting a 61-year-old woman at a political event was shelved for a year.

Bruce Boutilier, 41, a Democrat from Auburn, was attending the Androscoggin County Republican caucus at the Multi-Purpose Center in in Lewiston in February 2006 when the fracas erupted.

Boutilier, who stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 325 pounds, was apparently trying to knock a cell phone out of the hands of Georgia Chomas, who was attempting to call 911.

Lewiston City Councilor Stavros Mendros witnessed the attack as he was trying to break up an argument among Boutilier, Chomas and a third party by stepping between them.

When Boutilier swiped at her, Chomas “went flying across the room” and her necklace broke, Mendros said. He was served a subpoena to appear in court as a witness. He gave a statement to police about what he saw and heard.

Chomas was the county Republican Party’s town chairwoman for Auburn at the time. She’s a cousin of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Police issued Boutilier a summons for assault.

Last week, a judge placed his case on file for a year. If, during the next year Boutilier refrains from all criminal conduct and has no contact with Chomas, the charge would be dropped, a court clerk said. He was ordered to pay $553.95 in restitution, the clerk said.

Chomas was reportedly not seriously hurt.

Boutilier won the heavyweight division of the 1994 Tough Man competition in Lewiston.