Rockland man gets 32 months after admitting to sex assault on unconscious woman

Posted Sept. 20, 2013, at 12:48 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 52-year-old Rockland man will spend another nearly three years in prison after admitting he sexually assaulted a woman who had been passed out from drinking and taking prescription drugs.

David A. Achorn admitted Friday in Knox County Superior Court to violating his probation by committing the sex assault. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm accepted the agreement that calls for Achorn to serve the remaining 32 months of a previously suspended prison term.

The new offense occurred in December at Achorn’s room at the Brunswick Rooms in Rockland. A police affidavit filed in court at the time of his arrest stated that a witness came into Achorn’s room and found him sexually assaulting the woman who had passed out on his bed.

The victim told police that she had a couple drinks after taking some antidepressant medication and could not recall anything after drinking.

Achorn was on probation for a 2003 conviction for sexual abuse of a minor in Liberty.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the latest victim supports the 32-month jail sentence imposed on Achorn for the probation violation. The victim did not want to testify but was willing if she had to, the prosecutor said.

Achorn originally was charged with gross sexual assault for the December assault but that was dismissed in exchange for the agreement to admit to the probation violation.

The prosecution agreed to the sentence because of potential proof problems, Fernald said, problems that were not detailed in court.

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