Doctor charged after leaving loaded gun in Maine store bathroom

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Ellsworth, ME, United States (4E) – A 72-year-old doctor who left a loaded handgun recovered in the bathroom of an outlet store in Ellsworth, Maine has been charged Wednesday.

According to authorities, Dr. Benjamin Newman has been charged with reckless conduct after he left a loaded semiautomatic pistol in the restroom of an L.L. Bean Outlet store on High Street on Wednesday morning.

Newman told police that he took the 9 mm Walther police pistol out of its holster while he used the bathroom and simply forgot about it. A store employee found the gun and called police.

Police said after he discovered that the gun was lost, Newman contacted the store and was referred to police. He was charged after talking to investigators.

Reports stated Newman was hired in June as doctor for the Washington County Jail. He is a retired Navy captain who served as the senior medical officer on the USS Bataan, which deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

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