Rape charges dropped after woman who said she was restrained, abused for months recants

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 4:11 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Charges against a 34-year-old man — accused of sexually assaulting a woman who told police she had been physically restrained for two months — have been dismissed after the victim recanted.

Joshua Woodbury was arrested July 24 in South Thomaston where he had been living in a tent along with the woman. Woodbury was charged with gross sexual assault and domestic violence assault.

The Knox County District Attorney’s Office filed a notice of dismissal on both charges, citing insufficient evidence. The dismissal notice indicated that the alleged victim had since recanted her statement. There was no indication where the victim is today. A call to the district attorney’s office was not returned Wednesday afternoon.

The affidavit filed by police in July stated that Woodbury was on supervised release from Florida for convictions of criminal restraint and assault in that state.

Police said the man had physically prevented her from escaping over a two-month period. The woman told police she was able to leave when he left to apply for a job at the Career Center in Rockland.

The woman was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport where she was found to have multiple bruises to her head, legs, arms and chest, according to the affidavit.

The criminal complaint against Woodbury had listed his residence as Warren but papers he signed and filed in court listed Skowhegan as his residence.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/24/news/midcoast/rape-charges-dropped-after-woman-who-said-she-was-restrained-abused-for-months-recants/ printed on April 16, 2014