North Pond Hermit OK'd for treatment, counseling court

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A man who lived in the Maine woods for decades with barely any contact with the outside world has been accepted into a court program that allows him to get a job and counseling.

Local media report that the Co-Occurring Disorders Court voted Wednesday to admit 47-year-old Christopher Knight.

Knight - known as the North Pond Hermit - was arrested in April after police say they caught him stealing food from a camp in Rome. Authorities said he may be responsible for as many as 1,000 burglaries in the 27 years he lived alone in the woods.

Grand juries in Kennebec and Somerset counties indicted Knight in August on burglary and theft charges.

After he enters the court on Wednesday, he will live in the community, supervised by court officials.

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