Bangor sex offender faces new sex assault charges

Posted Sept. 11, 2013, at 9:35 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 11, 2013, at 5:54 p.m.
Ernest Neiders
Bangor Police Department
Ernest Neiders

BANGOR, Maine — A 55-year-old local man faces charges of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in connection with two incidents that occurred over the summer.

Ernest Neiders is accused of gross sexual assault, attempted gross sexual assault and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards.

He made his first court appearance Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Neiders was not asked to enter pleas because he has not been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. The grand jury next meets Sept. 25.

District Court Judge John Lucy set bail at $200,000.

Neiders, a registered sex offender, allegedly assaulted a female in the downtown area on June 15, according to Edwards.

On July 9, officers went to the Hammond Street area after an attempted sexual assault of another woman was reported, the lieutenant said. A weapon was drawn during that attempted assault, although Edwards did not disclose what the weapon was.

Neiders could not be found and an investigation was launched, Edwards said.

That investigation led police to Neiders, and he was arrested Monday without incident, Edwards said.

The lieutenant said Neiders has multiple convictions out of Colorado and California.

If convicted, Neiders faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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