Sentence for North Pond Hermit to Include Treatment for Substance Abuse 

The man known as the North Pond Hermit will enter a special court, allowing him to receive counseling.Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says the co-occurring disorders court voted to accept Christopher Knight into the program.She told the Kennebec Journal newspaper Friday that alcohol was a part of his life and had been stolen from several sites during his 27 years alone in the woods near Rome. Maloney says a portion of his sentence will be served with intense community supervision, as a member of the court. For someone to enter the court, they must plead guilty and receive, what she describes as a “good” and “bad” sentence.If a member is found to be unsuccessful, they receive an automatic prison sentence. She says it usually takes about three years to graduate.Knight will formally enter the court next Wednesday at Kennebec Superior Court in Augusta.