BANGOR — The Passadumkeag man accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home and sexually assaulting a 60-year-old woman pleaded not guilty Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court to gross sexual assault and burglary.
Derwin Springer Jr., 38, will be held at the Penobscot County Jail pending resolution of the case unless his attorney requests a hearing on bail, Superior Court Justice John Nivison ruled after accepting the defendant’s pleas.
A trial date tentatively was set for March 2.
Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, asked the judge to schedule the trial as soon as possible because the victim has a medical condition that would make it nearly impossible for her to testify six months to a year from now.
It usually takes between a year and 18 months for a jury trial to be scheduled in Penobscot County after a suspect has been arrested.
The prosecutor declined to describe the woman’s medical condition.
Defense attorney Marvin Glazier of Bangor told Nivison that a jury-waived trial in Roberts’ time frame was possible but that he would need more time to prepare for a jury trial.
Roberts said that the victim is scheduled to give her deposition next month. Decisions about how to proceed most likely will be made after that, he said.
Springer was indicted a week ago by the Penobscot County grand jury. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison on the sexual assault and up to 10 years in prison on the burglary.
Glazier declined to comment on the case after the arraignment.