Brunswick man faces 75 counts of unlawful sexual contact with minor, other sex offenses

By Darcie Moore, Times Record
Posted Oct. 16, 2012, at 8:35 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 21-year-old Brunswick man faces 75 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, and disseminating and possessing sexually explicit material.

After his indictment by a grand jury, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department arrested Edward Bernier, 21, at his 51 Cushing St. residence at 1:10 p.m. Friday.

Bernier pleaded not guilty to all charges during a video arraignment Monday before Judge Patricia Worth in Waldo County Court. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Brett Strout said police received a complaint April 27 into events that allegedly took place in November 2011 involving a child younger than 12.

As a result of an investigation by Detective Dan Reed, Strout said a computer belonging to Bernier was seized and evaluated by Maine State Police. The evaluation and Reed’s investigation led to a grand jury indictment of Bernier on 75 counts:

• 31 counts of possession of explicit material of a minor younger than 12.

• 19 counts of possession of sexually explicit material.

• 16 counts of dissemination of sexually explicit material.

• Nine counts of unlawful sexual contact.

After his arrest, Bernier was transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Bail conditions include stipulations that Bernier have no direct or indirect contact with the victim. He is not to enter the residence, place of employment or education of the victim. He is not to possess a computer or use a computer or pornographic material, and must submit to a search at anytime. He also is not to have contact with children younger than 16.

The cash bail may be reviewed at Bernier’s lawyer’s request. Bernier is not to leave the state of Maine without the advance written permission of the court.

Bernier is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 3, 2013.

A message left with Bernier’s attorney was not returned.

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