June 23, 2018
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Lincoln man to serve 9 months for having sex with teenage girls

Daniel Rice
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Lincoln man who admitted having sex with two teenage girls was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to five years in prison with all but nine months suspended on sex and bail violation charges.

Daniel Rice, 21, pleaded guilty to three counts each of unlawful sexual touching and violation of a condition of bail, one count each of unlawful sexual contact, all Class C crimes, and sexual abuse of a minor, a Class D crime, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, the more serious gross sexual assault charges were dropped, Rice’s attorney, Stephen Smith of Bangor, said after the sentencing.

The charges involved two female victims, aged 13 and 14, Assistant District Attorney Tracy Lacher said after the sentencing.

In addition to the prison term, Rice was sentenced to three years of probation, Lacher said

Rice has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since Feb. 25, when he was arrested for violating his bail and continuing to have sex with the 13-year-old.

He first was charged Sept. 17 in a summons with sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in her parents’ garage, Lacher said last week.

Rice pleaded not guilty to the Class D crime in November and was released on $2,000 unsecured bail, the prosecutor said last week. Conditions included his not having contact with the victim or minors under the age of 16 except for a sibling.

Rice was indicted Jan. 2 by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of gross sexual assault, a Class A crime, for having sex with the 13-year-old in the laundry room of a Lincoln apartment house. He pleaded not guilty to that charge and was released on the same bail and conditions set in the earlier case, according to documents filed at the courthouse.

On Feb. 25, Rice was charged with three additional counts of gross sexual assault for continuing his relationship with the 13-year-old, according to court documents. He also was charged with violating his bail.

Lacher said last week that the younger age of the second victim resulted in the more serious charges, which were dismissed when Lee pleaded guilty to the Class C crimes.

Gross sexual assault is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Violation of condition of release is a Class C crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Sexual abuse of a minor is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

The most recent charges stemmed from interviews Rice had with Lincoln police Feb. 18 when he admitted to having what he described as “traditional sex” with his 13-year-old victim on Dec. 12, Dec. 21 and Jan. 18, according to the complaint.

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