AUBURN — A father and son from Turner were in court Thursday to plead not guilty to dozens of hunting and drug charges.
A judge ordered the two men to have minimal contact because the father is alleged to have sold his prescription pain medication to his son, a former police officer.
The father, Everett H. Leonard, 59, of 157 Birch Hill Road was ordered not to have or use any illegal drugs. His prescription for OxyContin is only allowed to be filled for three days at a time, the judge said. That way, it should be more difficult for him to engage in illegal transactions with the painkillers, she said.
A prosecutor had asked that Leonard be required to go to his doctor for each dose of the drug. That scenario was deemed too restrictive by the judge.
Additional conditions put on the elder Leonard’s $1,000 unsecured bond included no possession of dangerous weapons. Also, he was told not to have hunting implements, such as bullets, bows, arrows or scopes. Law enforcement officers are allowed to search him, his vehicle and home at random times.
He was ordered to have no contact with his son, Everett T. Leonard, except incidental contact related to baby-sitting duties for his grandson and legal purposes. They are not to discuss the Maine charges against them, but both currently face criminal charges in Pennsylvania.
The elder Leonard also is forbidden from having contact with Carlton John Enos, who also was charged in Pennsylvania.
Conditions on the younger Leonard, who is free on a $5,000 unsecured bond, mirror those of his father, except that he has no prescription to pain medication.
His attorney, Jason Dionne, said his client has been in substance abuse treatment for six months.
The father and son were indicted earlier this month by an Androscoggin County grand jury on a total of 35 charges of illegal hunting, drug trafficking, criminal trespass and indecent conduct.
Each was charged with crimes alleged to have occurred between September and November of last year in Turner, Leeds and Auburn.
The younger Leonard has no prior criminal history; he was arrested in January and charged with similar crimes, but the charges were later dismissed as police and prosecutors prepared to present their case to a grand jury.
The charges followed a four-month investigation by the Maine Warden Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The Leonards, along with Enos, 19, of Turner, and Lucien H. Clavet, 44, of Monmouth, have been accused of illegally hunting as many as 30 deer from a base camp in north-central Pennsylvania last year.
A 17-year-old Greene boy was also charged in the Pennsylvania case, and has since pleaded guilty to all charges and sentenced to pay nearly $7,000 in fines.
When Leonard and his son were arrested earlier this year, police seized hundreds of pounds of deer meat, firearms, deer antlers, bows and arrows, spotlights, a mounted hawk and owls, a computer, documents and other hunting-related equipment from their homes.
Counts in the indictment charging the older Leonard include four felony counts of unlawful trafficking of Oxycodone in Turner in September and November; two counts of driving deer on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 in Turner, in which he is accused of participating in a group hunt to purposely drive deer toward a group of three or more people; one count of trapping without a license; and one count of indecent conduct, accused of purposely exposing himself to someone with the purpose of alarming that person.
The charges filed against the younger man, Everett T Leonard, are more extensive.
He has been charged with seven counts of hunting while his hunting license was either suspended or revoked, of which five counts are alleged to have occurred over consecutive days of Nov. 17 through Nov. 21; two counts of hunting deer and turkey in Turner during the closed season over consecutive days in September; five counts of night hunting on consecutive days in Leeds and Turner in November; three counts of illuminating wild animals or birds; one count of molesting wildlife with a motor vehicle; and one count of driving deer into a group of three or more people.
He has also been charged with five felony counts of unlawful possession of Oxycodone; two counts of criminal trespass, including one charge stemming from his presence on DeCoster Egg Farm property despite specific instruction from a company representative that he was not permitted to be there; and one count of theft by unauthorized taking, stemming from the alleged theft of baby formula from Walmart in November.
If convicted of all the Maine charges, the younger Leonard could face a maximum of 43.5 years in jail and $61,000 in fines; the older Leonard, up to 42 years in jail and $84,000 in fines.
The men have also been charged with illegal hunting in Pennsylvania; the younger Leonard is charged with 22 felonies and 10 misdemeanor crimes of unlawful killing or taking of big game, plus a number of misdemeanor drug charges; his father is charged with 14 felonies and nine misdemeanor crimes.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, if convicted on all counts, the younger Leonard could face up to 88 years in jail and $414,800 in fines; his father, could face up to 54 years and $255,300 in fines.