POLICE BEAT

Sedgwick man charged with sexual abuse of minors

Posted Feb. 07, 2012, at 2:10 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has charged a Sedgwick man with felony sexual abuse of minors — a state violation — but is releasing no details about the alleged crime.

“The case is still under investigation,” U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Kelley, who handles child pornography cases for the New England region, said in a telephone interview Tuesday from his office in Massachusetts. “We’re still in the fact-finding stage.”

Patrick Gaffney-Kessell, 27, was arrested in Blue Hill by Kelley on Jan. 25 and was booked into the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He has since been released on bail and is barred from unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 16, a jail official said.

Kelley, who declined to answer any questions about why Gassney-Kessell was charged, said he is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor about whether the suspect should face federal charges. Gassney-Kessell works in the kitchen at the Blue Hill Co-op, according to the group’s newsletter and a woman who answered the phone Tuesday.

If convicted of the charge against him, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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