Pa. rape suspect from Anson has extensive criminal record

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 12, 2010, at 9:36 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The convicted sex offender from Anson arrested Tuesday night in connection with the rape and kidnapping of a woman in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest has an extensive criminal background, according to records obtained Thursday from the Maine State Bureau of Identification.

Among the crimes that Mike Beaulieu, 35, has been convicted of in Maine are: rape, arson, escape and domestic violence assault, his 32-page rap sheet shows. He also has been found guilty of felony drug furnishing, felony burglary, misdemeanor theft, felony and misdemeanor burglary to a motor vehicle and several probation violations.

The crimes date back 16 years to September 1994, when Beaulieu was 19, according to the records, which also indicate that he has been in and out of jail ever since.

His most recent convictions were for rape and domestic violence assault.

On Feb. 14, 2005, he was sentenced to 10 years, all but four of which were suspended, and four years’ probation after he was found guilty of gross sexual assault in Knox County Superior Court.

The domestic violence conviction came down on Aug. 1 of last year, shortly after his release from jail on the rape conviction.

Beaulieu’s arrest Tuesday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came a week after a brutal daytime attack in which a couple was forced to the ground at gunpoint by an unknown man who authorities now believe was Beaulieu.

Authorities allege that Beaulieu tied the male up with rope and duct tape, forced the woman into his pickup truck, left the area with her, then raped her and let her go.

Descriptions and information provided by the victims and other witnesses led police to conclude the suspect was from Maine. Further investigation and assistance from law enforcement personnel from Maine, including the state police, led authorities to identify Beaulieu as a suspect. A nationwide alert asking police to be on the lookout for Beaulieu and his black GMC extended-cab pickup went out on Monday.

A major break in the search came Tuesday morning, when Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud located Beaulieu’s truck near the Fort Kent Blockhouse, located at the confluence of the Fish and St. John rivers.

In the back of the pickup, Michaud found a set of license plates from New Hampshire that had been reported stolen.

Within hours, U.S. authorities contacted RCMP personnel assigned to the Atlantic Region’s Integrated Border Enforcement Team, or IBET, to tell them that the suspect was believed to have crossed into New Brunswick illegally by way of the Saint John River. They and other Canadian law enforcement personnel received a tip that a strange male was at a Baker Lake campground, searched that area and found Beaulieu, arresting him without incident.

At the time of his arrest, Beaulieu was in possession of a loaded .45-caliber pistol and a roll of duct tape.

Beaulieu now faces several charges in Pennsylvania, including rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and carrying an unlicensed firearm in the attack.

He also faces several customs and firearms charges in New Brunswick.

Beaulieu is being held at Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre in Saint-Hilaire, New Brunswick, pending a bail hearing set for 9 a.m. EST Monday, Aug. 16.

Margaret Philbin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh, told The Associated Press this week that federal prosecutors may be asked to take over the case, since the attack occurred on federal forestland. If that happens, the state charges likely would be dismissed and a federal grand jury indictment would be sought.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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