Man, 58, pleads guilty in assault

Posted Nov. 16, 2009, at 10 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A man who was sentenced to six years in prison in 1984 for gross sexual assault was in 13th District Court on Monday to answer new charges involving assault and indecent conduct.

Gordon Robinson, 58, of Dover-Foxcroft, pleaded guilty to assault, but the charge of indecent conduct was dismissed by Judge Kevin Stitham. Robinson was sentenced to 14 days in jail and fined $500.

District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Robinson had offered a woman and her boyfriend, who were homeless, a place to stay next door to his home. On July 13, he asked the woman’s boyfriend to mow the lawn, then took the woman for a ride, which ended at a warehouse owned by Robinson’s family, according to Almy.

The 20-year-old woman told police that Robinson took her to a store, then stopped at the Lincoln Street warehouse, where he said he had some DVDs stored, according to Almy. The woman reported to police that once inside, Robinson pushed her onto a mattress and exposed himself to her, Almy said. She fled and called police.

Robinson’s attorney, Dale Thistle, said Monday that most of the facts would have been disputed had the case gone to trial. But he said that in the end it was most likely his client would be guilty of simple assault.