A Standish lawyer is headed back to jail after deputies charged him with violating a protection from abuse order and conditions of his release.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office brought charges Friday against Anthony J. Sineni III, who this week reached a plea deal with prosecutors on assault and disorderly conduct charges that required him to avoid new criminal conduct.

On Monday, Sineni agreed there was enough evidence to convict him of assault and disorderly conduct, in exchange for prosecutors dropping a misdemeanor count of domestic violence assault against him as well as felony charges of witness tampering and possession of a stolen firearm. Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz gave him a deferred disposition on the two remaining charges. After one year, if he did not engage in any new criminal conduct, the disorderly conduct charge would be dropped, and in two years, the assault charge would be dropped.

He apparently didn’t make it a week.

Sineni has shared custody of three children with his ex-girlfriend, with specific time periods when he is allowed to visit them. On Thursday, he went to two different elementary schools in School Administrative District 6 to speak with the children, both at times when he was not allowed to contact them, according to provisions of a protection from abuse order against him, the sheriff’s office said.

The charge of violating conditions of release, which usually pertains to violating bail conditions, was brought because the deferred disposition requires he abide by conditions. When a person is charged with violating conditions of release, he is not entitled to bail and must ask a judge to set bail at a hearing. Sineni will remain at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland until Monday, when he is arraigned on the charges in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court.

Sineni did not remove the children from the school.

On Friday, he was arrested in the parking lot of the Edna Libby School in Standish when he arrived to pick up the children on his scheduled day to have contact with them, the sheriff’s office said.

Sineni’s case drew national attention when Moskowitz ordered that news media coverage of the case be restricted and journalists were forbidden from reporting witness testimony. The Portland Press Herald defied the order, and Moskowitz on Wednesday apologized for the order and rescinded it.

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