June 25, 2018
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Rockland man arrested on sex assault charge

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Bail was set Monday afternoon for a 22-year-old Rockland man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the fall.

Roman Coneita was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with unlawful sexual contact. He remained in jail over the weekend and made an initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court where bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.

Rockland police were alerted to the alleged criminal action by school officials. Police interviewed the girl and she said the unlawful sexual contact occurred Oct. 1 outside the recreation center after the pair had been at the adjacent library, according to an affidavit filed in court by Rockland police.

The girl said she only knew his first name but described Coneita to police including a flame tattoo on his arm. Police said they were familiar with Coneita because they had received an earlier complaint from a parent who said he had been sending sexually explicit text messages to their 13-year-old daughter. Police said when they confronted him about that he told them he thought the girl was 14 years old, according to the affidavit.

When police interviewed Coneita on the latest complaint, he agreed to show them his tattoo. Police then arrested him and when he was questioned by police after being read his Miranda rights, he admitted to the sexual contact, according to the affidavit.

To report a sexual assault, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This is a confidential 24-hour toll-free line accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual assault support center.

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