PALERMO, Maine — Police last week charged a Belgrade man with sexual abuse of a minor after a 19-year-old woman said that he impregnated her when she was just 15, after they had met through the social networking website Myspace.
The sexual contact allegedly happened in Palermo, where Charles Eaton, now 41, was living at the time, Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Trafton said that the woman reported the alleged crime at the end of January.
She told police that after she met Eaton online the pair e-chatted for a couple of months. Then she began helping him out with his children and did housekeeping at the Palermo home he shared with another woman.
The woman told police she has had DNA testing done on her child which shows that Eaton has a 99.9 percent likelihood of being the father.
Eaton was charged Friday with sex abuse of a minor, a Class C crime. He was not arrested. Detective Merl Reed said that Eaton, who is cooperating with police, said that he learned at a later date that the teen wasn’t of age. He does not deny paternity of the child.
Trafton said that the case continues to be under investigation and further charges may be pending.
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.