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Rockwood man indicted in gross sexual assault case

Alex Barber | BDN
Alex Barber | BDN
John "Cheeto" Johnson stands in front of District Court Judge Kevin Stitham during his initial appearance in Dover-Foxcroft District Court on Monday, April 30, 2012.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Rockwood man accused of brutally assaulting a woman in Greenville in April has been formally charged in the case.

John “Cheeto” Johnson, 42, was indicted by the Piscataquis County grand jury on Thursday morning. He is charged with Class A gross sexual assault and Class B aggravated assault.

Seven other people also were indicted by the grand jury.

According to a police affidavit, Johnson was at West Cove Tavern in Greenville Junction on the evening of April 24. The 58-year-old female victim also was there watching a hockey game.

The victim, who barely knew Johnson, agreed to give him a ride to his house.

She told police that she stopped at a local garage where Johnson had been staying in a trailer out back. As she was about to leave, she said Johnson told her, “You’re not going anywhere.”

The victim told police that Johnson dragged her from the car, then choked and punched her. When Johnson told her to take off her pants, she refused. She then said he threatened to kill her.

She was able to flee and find help. Johnson ran and finally surrendered to police on April 26.

Also indicted on Thursday were:

Shawn Michael-Richard Boutout, 27, Hermon, two counts of burglary, three counts of theft.

Amber Crockler, 28, Abbot, burglary, theft.

Camille Gagnon Jr., 36, Guilford, burglary, theft, violating conditions of release, trafficking in prison contraband.

Lisa Gray, 40, Orneville, trafficking in scheduled drugs, possession of scheduled drugs.

Anthony Landi, 64, Wellington, two counts of criminal mischief.

William Pratt, 31, Milo, two counts of domestic violence, assault.

Allan Richards, 43, Old Town, burglary, robbery, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, two counts of assault.

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