4 Androscoggin County jail officers injured in two encounters with inmate

Seth Matthews (Androscoggin County Jail photo)

AUBURN (Sun Journal) -- Four corrections officers were hurt over the weekend while trying to control an inmate who had been at the county jail since February.

Androscoggin County Jail officials said the injuries ranged from bumps and bruises to possibly torn ligaments and shoulder injuries.

Two of the officers were hurt Saturday when 30-year-old transient Seth Matthews became aggressive at the jail, according to Sheriff Eric Samson. Both officers were taken to a Lewiston hospital.

On Monday, another pair of officers were hurt while trying to control Matthews under similar circumstances, Samson said. One of those officers was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

One officer has returned to work without restrictions, according to jail Capt. Jeff Chute. The other three are restricted to light duty.

Matthews has since been moved to a mental health unit at the Maine State Prison, according to Samson. Matthews has not been charged in the alleged attacks.

According to records, Matthews was arrested Feb. 18 on a charge of disorderly conduct in downtown Lewiston. Ten days later, he was arrested at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Feb. 28 on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass and on a charge of violating bail conditions. He had remained at the jail since.

Court records indicate Matthews was born in Norway and has lived in various locations in Portland, Lewiston and Oxford County. His criminal history includes charges of disorderly conduct, assault and criminal trespass.

In January, he was summoned on a charge of unlawful sexual touching for allegedly groping a hospital worker at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

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