March 18, 2018
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Calais man charged with gross sexual assault of minors

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

CALAIS, Maine — A local man has been arrested by the Calais Police Department and charged with the sexual assault of multiple young victims.

According to Officer Bill White, Clifford Thornton Jr., 50, was arrested Friday. The victims were under the age of 18 at the time of the assaults and at least one of the victims was under 12.

Details were not provided or available on the case as investigating officer Sgt. Chris Donahue was not available over the weekend. Thornton remained at the Washington County Jail in Machias Saturday.

In a statement to WQDY radio station at Calais late Friday, Donahue indicated there may be additional victims. He asked that anyone knowing anything about Thornton’s behavior contact the Calais police department at 454-2752.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Officer Bill White as Phil White.

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