June 19, 2018
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Vinalhaven man charged with sex assaults against 6-year-old Aroostook girl

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Bail was set Monday afternoon for a 22-year-old Vinalhaven man who was arrested Friday on charges that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

Nathaniel S. Small was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of gross sexual assault, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and one count of visual aggression against a child.

The investigation began two months ago when the parents of the 6-year-old notified state police in Aroostook County that their child had informed them that Small had committed the offenses.

The child, who lives in Aroostook, is a relative of Small. The offenses occurred on Vinalhaven at a family home, according to the affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by Maine State Police Detective Jason Richards.

State police were notified Aug. 6, and on Aug. 20, state police obtained a search warrant and went to Vinalhaven to question Small. According to the affidavit, Small told police that he knew what he did was wrong and was unsure what this would do to his family.

Small admitted to performing oral sex on the child, according to the affidavit. He also told investigators he had taken sexually explicit photos of the child but had since destroyed them.

The suspect’s father told police that his adopted son Nathaniel had mental health issues. Nathaniel Small said he had attempted to find child pornography online but was able to only find adult porn.

Computers were seized but no child pornography was found, according to the affidavit.

Small was held throughout the weekend without bail at Knox County Jail. Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Monday afternoon during Small’s initial court appearance at Rockland District Court at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety.

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