Former Rockland man gets 90 days for unlawfully touching baby sitter

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted March 28, 2012, at 12:44 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 36-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for unlawfully touching a girl who was baby-sitting for him.

Thomas J. Billings II, formerly of Rockland but now a resident of Augusta, had been convicted at a jury trial in January. His sentencing was held Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court before Justice Jeffrey Hjelm.

Billings received a 364-day jail term with all but 90 days suspended and was placed on probation for a year with the stipulation that he have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 years old. The girl was 15 years old.

The offense occurred in October 2010 in Rockland. In a letter sent by Billings to the victim a month later, he apologized for his actions, saying whatever the girl experienced was not intentional. Billings claims he and his wife had been out drinking at a bar and they became separated on the way home and when he got home, the girl was asleep where his wife has fallen asleep before and he may have thought that she was his wife.

He said he had drank to excess and does not recall touching the girl.

“I sincerely did not intend to do anything in a sexual manner towards you or to bring you harm,” Billings stated in the letter that was filed with the court papers.

After the girl went home that night, the child’s father returned with three other men to “talk” to Billings, according to paperwork filed by Billings in the court file. Billings’ wife called police to their apartment.

Billings was charged in January 2011.

The victim presented a statement to the court in which she said she does not feel comfortable baby-sitting anymore if a man is present. The girl also said the offense affected her schoolwork.

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