Mother unhappy with jail sentence for man who abused her daughter

Posted March 29, 2012, at 4:51 p.m.
Last modified March 30, 2012, at 9:02 a.m.
Jaime Percival
Jaime Percival

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman whose teenage daughter had sex with a man 10 years her senior is unhappy that he will spend just two months in jail.

The prosecutor believes the sentence is fair.

Jaime Percival, 26, of Bangor waived indictment last week at the Penobscot Judicial Center and pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor, a Class C felony, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County.

Percival admitted that he had a sexual relationship with the victim when she was 15 from April to June 2011. The age of consent in Maine is 16.

“[My daughter’s] now 16,” the victim’s mother, whose name is being withheld to avoid identifying the girl, said in a victim impact statement provided to the court. “She should be out having fun with her friends, getting a job, learning to drive, thinking about starting to date. These things are out of her reach now with the defendant free to roam the streets, move where he wants, work where he wants.

“[My daughter], what does she get? She gets mistrust, fear, no job in the public where he can stalk her, no after-school activities where he can show up,” the woman continued. “No walks down the street out of my sight. This sentence doesn’t even keep the defendant on probation until she’s out of high school.”

District Court Judge Gregory Campbell sentenced Percival on March 20 to 18 months in prison with all but two months suspended and two years of probation, Roberts said Wednesday. Percival also must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Conditions of his probation include no contact with the victim or her family, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and sex offender counseling.

In addition to the sexual abuse charge, the defendant pleaded guilty to an unrelated drunken driving charge. Percival was sentenced on that charge to 48 hours in jail and ordered to pay a $500 fine — the mandatory sentence and fine for a first offense, the prosecutor said.

The judge ordered that Percival serve the sentences concurrently.

Percival surrendered himself to the Penobscot County Jail on March 21, according to jail personnel.

Roberts recommended the sentence that Campbell imposed.

Percival’s attorney, Gene Sullivan of Bangor, agreed to the 18-month underlying sentence but argued that his client should serve less than two months, the defense attorney said Thursday.

“There is no doubt that the sex was consensual,” Sullivan said. “Her victim impact statement presented to the judge, however, did not correspond with the many notes she sent my client.”

Roberts said the sentence was fair and in line with similar cases in which no force or compulsion was involved and the defendant had no criminal record.

Percival and the victim met through family friends, according to the prosecutor.

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