POLICE BEAT

Hope House resident charged with sex offense, disorderly conduct, criminal restraint

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:26 p.m.
Joseph Oviatt
Bangor Police Department
Joseph Oviatt

BANGOR, Maine — A 22-year-old man who was staying at the Hope House was arrested last week after he allegedly forced a 23-year-old woman also living there to touch his genitals through his jeans and then cussed loudly at a police officer who was trying to investigate the complaint.

Edwards said police were called to the Hope House shortly before 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, after the woman reported that Joseph Oviatt approached her and grabbed her by the arm, forcing her to touch his genitals through his jeans, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday, citing an arrest report. The victim tried to pull away, but Oviatt reportedly would not let go. Edwards said Wednesday.

“She finally pulled away forcefully and went inside the Hope House to report it,” Edwards said. Bangor police Officer Brian Smith arrived and spoke to the victim and witnesses. Smith also reviewed video surveillance.

When Smith approached Oviatt, Oviatt became disorderly and loud, Edwards said. “He was warned to remain calm and continued to swear loudly,” the sergeant said.

Oviatt, who was charged with disorderly conduct, misdemeanor unlawful sexual conduct and criminal restraint at the time of his arrest, remained at Penobscot County Jail as of late Wednesday.

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