Brunswick school principal on paid leave after arrest in Freeport

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BRUNSWICK — The principal of Coffin Elementary School is on paid administrative leave following his arrest on June 28 in Freeport.

Greg Scott, 56, was arrested at his Merrill Road home in Freeport just before 3 p.m. June 28 on charges of criminal trespass, theft of services, assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

Scott had allegedly left a barbecue grill at the Freeport Transfer Station, which was closed. When transfer station employees informed him that the station was closed, and that he would have to pay a disposal fee, Scott allegedly yelled at them and left the grill there anyway, according to Freeport Police Chief Gerald Schofield. The workers recorded his license place number and called police to report the incident.

When Officers Paul Chenevert and Michael McManus arrived at Scott’s home, he was allegedly combative and did not want to listen to them, Schofield said. When they attempted tell him he had to either pay to dispose of the grill or go pick it up, he allegedly hit Chenevert, who was not injured.

The officers arrested Scott and took him to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland. He posted bail later that night, according to Schofield.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski said Scott will be on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation is completed.

Scott was the longtime principal at Longfellow Elementary School before he was recently appointed principal at Coffin Elementary School. Former Coffin Principal John Page is replacing Scott during his leave of absence.

Perzanoski said he is unaware of Scott having any history of violent outbursts, and Schofield said Scott does not have a record with the Freeport or Brunswick police departments.

Scott declined to discuss the incident.

Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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Coffin Elementary Principal Greg Scott was arrested in Freeport on June 28.

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