May 28, 2018
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Rockland man gets 90 days in liquor, sex offenses against 14-year-old girl

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 53-year-old Rockland man was sentenced to 90 days in jail after admitting to furnishing liquor to a girl and then sexually assaulting her.

Edward A. Bernardo pleaded guilty March 9 in Knox County Superior Court to one count each of unlawful sexual touching and furnishing liquor to a minor. Seven other charges, including gross sexual assault, were dismissed as part of the sentencing agreement.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Bernardo to 364 days in jail with all but 90 days suspended. Bernardo also was placed on probation for a year.

One of his terms of probation is that he not have unsupervised contact with children younger than 16 years old without the permission of his probation officer.

According to the charge, he committed the offense in October 2010 in Rockland against the 14-year-old girl when she was unconscious or otherwise physically incapable of resisting and had not consented to the sexual contact.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald said that the agreement was reached in consultation with the victim and her family. He said the family and the girl’s counselor felt that she would be further traumatized if she had to testify in court.

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