Rockland man accused of sexually assaulting woman who had passed out

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 12, 2012, at 6:25 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 52-year-old Rockland man is being held at the Knox County Jail on a charge that accuses him of sexually assaulting a woman who had passed out in his room.

David A. Achorn was arrested Monday afternoon and charged by Rockland police with gross sexual assault.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Susan Sparaco set bail for Achorn at $50,000 cash during a brief initial court appearance in Rockland District Court.

According to an affidavit filed by Detective Sgt. Christopher Young of the Rockland Police Department, officers initially responded Dec. 5 to a report that Achorn had been assaulted. Achorn had a large bump under his left eye, small cuts to his mouth, and his nose appeared to have been bleeding.

Achorn said he had been beaten by the former boyfriend of a 33-year-old woman who also is a resident of the Brunswick Rooms boarding house.

The woman was interviewed by officers at Pen Bay Medical Center. She said she had been visiting Achorn in his room and she had drank two tequila drinks that Achorn had served her. She acknowledged she had also taken one anti-depressant pill. The woman said she does not remember anything else until she woke up the next morning.

Another resident of the Brunswick Rooms told officers that he went to Achorn’s room that night looking for empty bottles and entered and saw the woman laying naked on the bed passed out and Achorn sexually assaulting her.

The hospital reported that the woman suffered trauma to her genitalia.

Achorn told officers that he and the woman fooled around for a few hours and that she was awake and coherent. He said he did nothing improper and did not push himself on the woman, saying she had initiated the physical contact.

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