Addam L. Sheets pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County Superior Court to sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful sexual contact. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm agreed to an agreement reached between the defense and district attorney’s office in which Sheets would be sentenced to three years in jail with all but nine months suspended to be followed by two years of probation.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the victim in the case and her family supported the agreement. Hjelm said he accepted the agreement, in part, because it spares the victim from having to testify.
According to an affidavit filed by Camden police Detective Curt Andrick, the girl told police that the offense occurred March 15 while she was staying at a relative’s house. Sheets was engaged to the girl’s relative.
The girl told police that she had turned to Sheets and her relative because she had experienced some emotional problems. On the evening of the assault, she stayed at their residence and Sheets came out of his bedroom. He at first fondled her and then sexually assaulted her in the living room, according to the affidavit.
Hjelm said that Sheets exploited a situation.
“The situation was pretty creepy,” he said.
To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.