June 20, 2018
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Sole witness to Belfast sex act near school trails comes forward to police

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — The woman who reportedly witnessed a man engaging in a solo sex act in his jeep parked close to the Troy Howard Middle School cross-country trails last week has come forward to give a statement to police.

She spoke Friday afternoon to Chief Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department, who said that he was writing up the report and likely would bring charges against the man soon.

Her statement was necessary because she was the only witness to the Wednesday afternoon incident, and while she called the school district right away to report what she had seen, officials there did not take down her name or contact information. Police have been urging the witness to come forward so they could bring charges against the man, who was identified thanks to video surveillance technology. He confessed to the matter earlier this week, according to McFadden.

The chief said Friday that the man’s jeep was not parked in the lot behind the middle school, as had been previously reported in the BDN, but instead he had backed his vehicle into the woods and parked it right next to the footpath, which is adjacent to some of the school’s athletic fields.

The incident happened just 20 minutes before the field hockey team was slated to arrive for practice, he said.

More information about the incident and possible charges against the man should be available next week, according to McFadden.

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