Landlord accused of attempted rape

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted July 13, 2011, at 5:02 p.m.

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — A woman’s request to have a protection order served against her landlord resulted in his arrest on charges related to an attempted rape that allegedly occurred about a month ago.

Augustine Fernandez, 41, who lives on High Street in Lincolnville, is accused of forcing himself on the woman and attempting to have intercourse with her, Lincolnville Police Chief Ron Young said Wednesday.

The woman told police that Fernandez, with whom she once had a “semi-relationship,” had in mid-June picked the lock of the door to a room in the house they shared, Young said.

“He was completely naked at the time,” the chief said.

Fernandez allegedly went into the room, restrained the woman and tried to rape her. She told police she was able to block the attempted rape.

“The reason she didn’t come forward right away is — she didn’t know what to do,” Young said.

The woman’s teenage daughter also was at the residence at the time of the incident, the woman told police.

The woman initially went to the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office to obtain a protection from abuse order against Fernandez. But Young said that on July 5, when he saw the narrative she had written for the judge, he noticed there were several felony crimes detailed within it.

“I sat down with her and had her explain everything,” Young said.

When the chief spoke with Fernandez about the alleged rape attempt, he “lawyered up” immediately and refused to talk about it, Young said.

Because Fernandez is being accused of felony crimes and domestic violence, he was arrested.

“[In] domestics, we shall arrest, regardless,” Young said.

Fernandez, who otherwise has a “very minor” history with police, was charged with felony burglary, felony unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual touching, domestic assault and aggravated criminal trespass.

He was arrested without incident on July 6 and booked at Waldo County Jail, with bail set at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety. Fernandez was released July 7 on the cash bail. He also was served with a protection order that forbids him contact with the alleged victim.

Fernandez is scheduled to appear at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast in late August.

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