PORTLAND, Maine — A Cumberland County grand jury indicted a Portland man last week on charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl he was babysitting.
Timothy Hunt, 28, of Portland was indicted on six counts of Class A gross sexual assault and six counts of Class B unlawful sexual contact.
A grand jury indictment is not a conviction or determination of guilt, but rather a determination that prosecutors have enough evidence to take the case to trial.
Hunt’s indictment indicates that the alleged offenses took place between January and July of this year. The Scarborough Police Department investigated the alleged crimes.
“He was babysitting for a woman he knew,” said Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse of the Scarborough Police Department on Monday afternoon. “He’s from Portland, so he was coming here to babysit for the child.
“These were repeated incidents … over a number of months,” he continued. “The mother figured out what was going on and came here and reported it.”
Citing court documents, The Forecaster reported Tuesday that the victim was 8 years old. The newspaper reported that the mother interrupted a July 16 assault when she came home from work, and that Hunt subsequently told investigators he was a victim of abuse himself who had sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rouse said third-party child abuse specialists conducted medical evaluations and interviews with the victim to follow up on the mother’s original report.
Rouse said he believes Hunt, who was initially arrested on Sept. 26 in relation to the case, is unemployed.
David Harry of The Forecaster contributed to this story.
In a previous version of this story, police incorrectly told the Bangor Daily News that the victim is 5 years old. The victim is 8.