PARIS, Maine — An Oxford man charged with gross sexual assault and aggravated assault on Monday has been released from the Oxford County Jail.
James Grovo, 31, was released on $1,000 cash bail Wednesday after being held since Monday without bail.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman after the two got into a dispute in Oxford; he was later arrested in Poland.
According to an affidavit by Oxford police Lt. Michael Ward, Grovo and the woman were in Grovo’s pickup truck and drove into the woods on an ATV trail behind Noble Farm on Allen Hill Road in Oxford when Grovo started “doing a lot of cookies with the truck.”
The woman complained that she felt sick and asked to get out of the car. When she did, her flip-flop got stuck in the mud and when she bent down to retrieve it Grovo sexually assaulted her while choking her, according to court records.
When the woman heard ATVs approaching she asked Grovo to stop, but Ward said the she told him that Grovo “choked her harder so she could not talk.”
When the ATVs the woman heard approached the truck, Grovo let her go and she climbed into the driver’s seat and drove both of them to Poland, according to Ward.
When they arrived at a house on Bailey Hill Road, Grovo was assaulted by a man and police were called.
Androscoggin County Deputy Eric Samson arrived to take the report of the fight and learned of the sexual assault, according to Ward.
According to Ward’s affidavit, the woman told Samson “she felt as though James’ plan was to kill her.”
Grovo was taken to the Oxford police station and, after hearing a Miranda warning, agreed to answer questions about the incident. According to Ward, Grovo said the two had mutual sex while out four-wheeling.
However, since what Grovo told Ward was different than what he had told another officer, he was arrested on two felony assault charges and transported to the Oxford County Jail in Paris.
The woman has since been granted a temporary protection from abuse order against Grovo.
If convicted, Grovo faces up to 30 years on the felony sexual assault charge and 10 years on the aggravated assault and up to $70,000 in fines.