June 20, 2018
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State dismisses charges against man accused of showing explicit material to child

David Paquette
By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — The state has dismissed sex charges against a former Rangeley man who has been in jail since his arrest in December.

David A. Paquette, 35, now of Rumford, had faced felony charges of unlawful sexual contact sexual misconduct against a child under 12.

Paquette was arrested on the charge by Rangeley police in December after they launched an investigation when they received a referral from Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Rangeley police Chief Dennis Leahy said at the time.

According to the state’s complaint at the time, Paquette knowingly displayed sexually explicit material to the child with the intent to encourage her to engage in a sexual act or sexual contact.

The case was dismissed Monday pending further investigation, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Robbins said Friday. The state has not decided if Paquette will be recharged, Robbins said.

Paquette pleaded not guilty to the charges in February. He had been held on $20,000 cash bail.

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