Surry man indicted on manslaughter charge in fatal car crash

Posted April 05, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Surry man was indicted Thursday on multiple charges, including manslaughter, stemming from a 2011 accident that claimed the life of a Stonington man.

Steven H. Moon, 21, was indicted by a grand jury with manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence, aggravated assault, reckless conduct and causing death while license suspended or revoked.

Moon was one of nine people indicted Thursday. An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but a decision by the grand jury that there is enough evidence to proceed with criminal charges.

Moon is accused of driving a 1997 Subaru Legacy involved in a single-vehicle accident on May 28, 2011. According to police, Moon was headed north on Newbury Neck Road in Surry when his car left the road and rolled several times before coming to a rest.

Moon and two other passengers — his sister Christina A. Moon and Josh M. Rafferty — were ejected from the vehicle. A third passenger, Caleb Foster, who was 27, was not ejected. Foster was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Moon’s license had been revoked in a previous incident. According to a complaint filed with Hancock County Superior Court, Moon had a blood-alcohol content higher than .08. The charges of aggravated assault stem from the serious injuries suffered by Rafferty and Christina Moon.

The most serious charge Moon faces, manslaughter, is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Moon is scheduled to be arraigned on April 18 in Hancock County Superior Court.

Also indicted on Thursday was Larry Bunt, a 53-year-old former school bus driver from Deer Isle who was arrested in December on charges of gross sexual assault after a teenager accused him of repeatedly sexually assaulting her “about every other week” while she was between 4 and 8 years old. The alleged assaults took place between 2000 and 2004.

Bunt knew his victim personally, not through his position as a school bus driver.

The victim said Bunt touched her privates and had her touch his privates with her hands, according to a state police affidavit filed in December.

Bunt was arrested on Dec. 5 on two charges of gross sexual assault. On Thursday, one of those charges was dropped, but District Attorney Carletta Bassano convinced the grand jury to add an additional four charges of gross sexual assault and three charges of unlawful sexual contact. All the charges stem from alleged attacks on the same girl.

Bunt remains free on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear for a status conference on April 18 in Hancock County Superior Court. Gross sexual assault is a Class A crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The remaining individuals indicted Thursday were:

Eric S. Abate, 29, of East Boston, Mass., failure to appear in court and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Maurice R. Bedard, 48, of Bangor, two counts of theft.

Jamie L. Cox, 36, of Gouldsboro, three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Aaron R. Pert, 32, of Ellsworth, two counts of burglary and two counts of theft.

Douglas L. Risinger, 34, of Ellsworth, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Donald G. Tozier, 45, of Hancock, assault and aggravated assault.

Erik A. Tozier, 25, of Hancock, burglary, two counts of theft and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses.

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

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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