Sidney baby sitter accused of molesting girl

Posted July 31, 2012, at 6:38 a.m.
Last modified July 31, 2012, at 5:27 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Craigslist ad posted by someone interested in giving young children baths led police to a Sidney man who’s accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting and recording the act on his cellphone.

Eric Bard, 24, of Sidney was ordered held on $100,000 bail during an initial court appearance by video at Waterville District Court on Monday, three days after his arrest.

The Kennebec Journal reports that a search warrant executed on Bard’s home yielded a memory card with images of the alleged abuse, which police say occurred between September and March.

Police found and interviewed the victim, who told investigators that Bard touched her, went in the shower with her and took photos of her, Tremblay said. Cellphone videos of some of the sexual abuse were found on the memory card, Tremblay’s affidavit says.

Bard was charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor under 12. If he makes bail, he is barred from having contact with the alleged victim, her mother and any child under age 18. He also is barred from using the Internet and computers.

Bard remained at the Kennebec County Jail on Monday. There was no paperwork available indicating whether Bard had a lawyer, a jail official said. He was a student at Mid-Maine Technical Center and a 2008 graduate of Messalonskee High School in Oakland, the newspaper said.