July 09, 2020

Lawyer faces charges of witness tampering

PORTLAND — A tampering charge has been filed against a lawyer who allegedly offered his former girlfriend $500 to drop an assault complaint against him.

Richard M. Reamer, 37, made his initial appearance in court on the felony charge and then released on personal recognizance bail after a hearing before Cumberland County District Court Judge Roland Beaudoin on Friday.

In February, his former girlfriend told police that Reamer had threatened her with a knife. He was charged with misdemeanor charges of assault and threatening display of a weapon. In May, Leslie Shoemaker of Portland reported that Reamer allegedly had offered her $500 to drop the case against him.

Questions about Reamer’s standing as a member of the Maine Bar Association were raised as a result of his alleged conduct and a string of misdemeanor convictions.

Since 1992, Reamer has been convicted of seven misdemeanors, including assault, drinking in public, criminal trespassing and criminal threatening. He has a history of assaulting his former girlfriend, according to court records. In December 1994, Reamer was sentenced to 120 days in jail, with 115 days suspended, and placed on one year’s probation.

Attempts to reach Reamer or his defense lawyer, Karen Dostaler, were unsuccessful.

In his latest charge, Reamer, according to police reports, offered the 30-year-old Shoemaker money to drop the charges. Shoemaker initially accepted the money. But she said she called police after Reamer kept harassing her by knocking on her door, making repeated phone calls and showing up at her church, the report states.

“He says that he will kill himself if I don’t go back with him, Shoemaker said in police reports.

Reamer turned himself in to Portland police Thursday.

A 1987 graduate of Suffolk Law School in Boston, Reamer was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1988, and lists his practice as the Portland law office of Gregory B. Brown.

Several months ago, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office raised questions about Reamer’s standing as a lawyer.

Deborah Chmielewski, an assistant district attorney, said she mailed a letter detailing Reamer’s record to the Board of Overseers of the Bar — the state agency that regulates lawyers and their conduct.

“I felt I had an ethical obligation to let the Board of Overseers know about his situation,” she said.

The board, however, citing confidentiality rules, refused to acknowledge the letter when contacted Friday.

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