Brewer man accused of assault at UMaine indicted on rape charge

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 29, 2010, at 7:05 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man accused of raping a University of Maine student in October in her dorm room has been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Kyle Harriman, 18, was indicted on a charge of gross sexual assault, a Class A felony.

He remains free on the $500 bail posted Nov. 4, when he was released from Penobscot County Jail. Bail conditions include no contact with the alleged victim and one of her friends and not returning to the Orono campus.

Harriman was arrested by campus police Nov. 3.

He may have been a visitor to campus Saturday, Oct. 16, the night of the alleged assault. He never has been enrolled at the university, UMaine spokesman Joe Carr said last month after Harriman made his first appearance on the charge at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

The alleged victim, whose age, hometown and on-campus residence have not been released, reported the incident to campus police Tuesday, Oct. 19, according to information provided by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Harriman met the victim through a mutual female friend, according to Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County. That woman accompanied the victim to the police station on campus, he said.

A few days later, the mutual friend made a phone call to Harriman that was recorded by police, Trainor said. In that conversation, Harriman allegedly acknowledged that the victim had told him “no” and “to stop.”

According to the transcript of the telephone conversation, Trainor said, Harriman told the mutual friend that the victim’s words “hadn’t registered” with him.

Harriman is scheduled to appear in court again on Valentine’s Day and is expected to be arraigned then.

If convicted, Harriman faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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