Maine police nab a dozen men in Auburn sex-sting operation

Posted Sept. 10, 2010, at 9:33 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — Police say a dozen men face charges following a sting operation that targeted men who were soliciting or engaging in sexual activity in public places.

Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen said undercover officers targeted wooded areas off Whitman Spring Road and at a causeway rest area along Route 4. The operation began in late August following complaints about men propositioning strangers or engaging in sexual activity in public view.

Police said the men ranged in age from 31 to 74 and were charged with indecent conduct or unlawful sexual touching.

Moen told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that the undercover operations will continue and that the following were arrested:

Brett Johnson, 46, of Sabattus, on a charge of indecent conduct, Aug. 27 on Whitman Spring Road.

Glenn King, 59, of Auburn, on a charge of assault, Aug. 27 on Whitman Spring Road.

Daryl Simard, 61, of Rumford, on a charge of indecent conduct, Aug. 27 on Whitman Spring Road.

Gerard Bilodeau, 51, of Wales, on a charge of indecent conduct, Aug. 27 on Whitman Spring Road.

Douglas Knight, 67, of Lewiston, on a charge of indecent conduct, Sept. 1 on Whitman Spring Road.

Lewis Young, 69, of West Charleston, Vt., on a charge of unlawful sexual touching, Aug 30, at the causeway rest area.

Richard Doucette, 74, of Auburn, on a charge of unlawful sexual touching, Sept. 1 on Whitman Spring Road.

John Tracy, 66, of Pittsfield, on a charge of indecent conduct, Aug. 11 at the Route 4 causeway rest area.

Joshua Gaudette, 31, of Carthage, on a charge of indecent conduct, Aug. 11 at the Route 4 causeway rest area.

Kerry Eldridge, 52, of Auburn, on a charge of unlawful sexual touching, Sept. 1 on Whitman Spring Road.

Leland Bachelder, 51, of Turner, on a charge of unlawful sexual touching, Sept. 9 on Whitman Spring Road.

John Tetreault, 43, of Auburn, on a charge of unlawful sexual touching, Sept. 9 on Whitman Spring Road.

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