POLICE BEAT

23-year-old Belfast man charged with gross sexual assault

Posted July 24, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.
Robert Dawson
Waldo County Jail
Robert Dawson

BELFAST, Maine — A 23-year-old Belfast man whom police say raped a 13-year-old girl was arrested Monday and charged with gross sexual assault and incest.

Robert Dawson’s wife found messages on the social networking website MySpace that she found concerning, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department. The woman contacted the victim’s mother and then the matter was reported to police.

Dawson, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs more than 300 pounds, allegedly admitted to having consensual sex with the girl but said it was her fault, according to police.

Police have interviewed the victim, who is having a tough time, according to the report.

Dawson has been taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he remains held on bail set at $2,000 cash or $10,000 surety, according to a Waldo County Jail official.

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